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Should Low-Risk Gay Men Be Allowed to Donate Blood?

April 16, 2012

The United States' current lifetime ban on blood donations by sexually active gay men will be the subject of an online discussion with medical writer Laura Unger of the Louisville Courier-Journal on April 18 at noon. The nation's ongoing shortage of blood donors is leading many people to rethink the ban, which some activists have called discriminatory given advances in blood-screening technology. For more information, visit

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