Members of Congress are rightly telling the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to end the 30 year-old ban on blood donations from homosexual men. Though men who have sex with men do make up the majority of new HIV infections, not all gay men are at risk for the disease, and the ban discriminates.
The American Medical Association has called the policy, adopted during the height of the AIDS scare in 1983, outdated, and its board voted in June to oppose it. “The lifetime ban on blood donation for men who have sex with men is discriminatory and not based on sound science,” AMA board member William Kobler said in a statement. “This new policy urges a federal policy change to ensure blood donation bans or deferrals are applied to donors according to their individual level of risk and are not based on sexual orientation alone.”
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