CA Atty. General Is Among Those Calling For Gay Men To Be Able To Give Blood Without A Delay
"The discriminatory restrictions against blood donations by healthy gay and bisexual Americans have persisted for far too long."
Those restrictions, which began in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, have been loosened in recent years from a lifetime ban on donating to allowing men who have sex with men to donate blood if they had not had sex in the last 12 months, to another scale-back last month to a three month wait.
The call for action is motivated by the current coronavirus crisis. The letter specifically cites:
- A UCLA study that found another 300,000 pints of blood would be available annually if the ban was lifted entirely.
- The need for "potentially life-saving convalescent plasma" donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19 and the current requirement that they be eligible to give blood.
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