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Should Gay Men Be Allowed To Donate Blood

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Ban on Gays Donating Blood

Dr. Bob,I was just reading about a new push to remove gays from the ban on blood donation. This was strange to read, because my friend and I had just been debating this issue. I was telling him how I was turned away from donating in 2000, because...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...below.Dr. BobThe Issue of Blood donation!!!! (BLOOD DONATION) Feb 9, 2008Hi Dr. Bob,I don`t understand why they do not allow gay men to donate blood. I mean isn`t there just as much chance that a straight person has HIV. And how does the donation... Read more »

How do I answer?

I recently went to donate blood. As I answering the questionaire I remembered experimenting with a... Read more »

Positive ELISA, negative Western Blot

Hi. I tried donating blood in September, but rather than getting a letter back telling me my blood... Read more »
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Gay Men's Health Crisis

Should Gay Men Be Allowed to Donate Blood?

...redress is unusual, his experience is familiar to any gay man who has tried to participate in a volunteer blood drive. Advertisement Gay men, in all practical senses, are prohibited from donating blood in the United States because of a... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gay Men Condemn Blood Ban as Biased

... While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mulls whether to allow gay men to donate blood, adherents on both sides of the question continue to press their case to the agency and to the public at large. Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

United Kingdom: National Health Service Ban on "High-Risk" Gay Men Donating Blood to Be Reviewed

... Britain's longstanding lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men (MSM), a policy condemned as irrational by advocates, will be reviewed today in a meeting of the Advisory Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

No Changes in Restrictions on Gay Blood Donors

... A federal policy that bans blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM) should remain essentially unchanged, a federal advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Read more »
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