Today is the National Gay Blood Drive
, a campaign
dedicated to bringing attention to the fact that the FDA still bans any men who have had sex with other men (MSM), at any
time since 1977 from becoming blood donors.
Tainted: Why Gay Men Still Can't Donate Blood
- "Since 1983, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines have disqualified men who have ever had sex with men (MSM) from donating blood... Uneven application of exclusion to at-risk individuals suggests that risk aversion disproportionately impacts MSMs. For example, a non-MSM individual who has had sexual contact with a commercial sex worker or HIV-positive partner is deferred for only twelve months... The fact that the U.S. upholds a lifetime ban on MSM donation while Australian policy allows MSM individuals to donate a year or less after contact reveals a glaring discrepancy. Both ethics and science point to a flaw in FDA policy. That I could have had sex with 365 partners this year and be a perfectly fine candidate for donating blood, while the MSM next to me wouldn't qualify, betrays a faulty line of logic." [more inside]
The blood substitute PolyHeme
has been previously discussed on MetaFilter
, but new evidence shows that PolyHeme actually raises the chances of death by nearly 30%
. PolyHeme was notable mostly for the reaction to its clinical trials
, which, controversially, did not require patient consent
FDA to ban sperm donations from homosexuals.
Claims the rate of HIV among gay men is statistically high enough
to warrant the exclusion. Gay community suggests discrimination
. See also: Gay blood ban
(in effect since 1985).