End Discriminatory Regulations that Prevent Gay & Bisexual Men from Donating Blood

Target: Stephen Hahn, Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Goal: Remove discriminatory measures that prevent much-needed blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

Despite new improvements that will allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood, the FDA has still put discriminatory regulations on members of the LGBTQ community who wish to donate. This will prevent the much-needed rise in blood donations due to COVID-19.

Due to an “urgent and immediate need for blood” the FDA has rolled back rules that state gay and bisexual men who have been sexually active within the last year are banned from donating blood. Instead, that timeline has now been decreased to three months. While this is a slight win for the LGBTQ community, it still discriminates against sexual orientation as opposed to risky behavior.

Because two men have sex does not mean HIV is present in their blood. The FDA should instead be restricting blood donations from individuals who have engaged in risky and unprotected sex, whether male or female. If the ban were lifted completely on gay and bisexual men, blood banks could see an increase in donors by nearly 400,000. These donations are much needed, now more than ever. Demand that the FDA eliminate its blood donor ban on gay and bisexual men.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Commissioner Hahn,

Recent rollbacks on regulations that prevent gay and bisexual men from donating blood are clearly a step in the right direction. However, these rollbacks do not go far enough. To prevent gay and bisexual men from donating blood if they have had sex in the last three months only punishes sexual orientation, not risky behavior that can lead to HIV.

I demand that you change your rules once again to allow all gay and bisexual men to donate blood. Instead, limit bans to individuals who have had risky and unprotected sex. To do so will ensure that blood banks have the donations they need in this time of crisis.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Alex Juel




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2 Comments

  1. Sherry Hall says:

    They probably have HIV and other STD’s. NO! At all costs, keep these infectious murderers out of Blood Mobiles. Do NOT let gays or bi’s donate blood.

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