Policy & Politics
Sen. Kerry: End of Britain's Gay Blood Donor Ban a Tipping Point
September 13, 2011
Most of the United Kingdom soon will drop the policy enforcing a lifetime ban on blood donations by gay men, a move that "is likely the start of a trend globally that I'd rather we be leading than following," said Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). "This is a very close ally who sees the same information we do, and they've determined that gay donors pose no risk to the blood supply."
Current U.S. regulations enforce a lifetime ban on blood donations by any man who has had sex with another man since 1977. Kerry and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) have urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change this policy, which dates from 1983.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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