FDA Ban To Prevent Gay Men From Donating Blood May Be Lifted


Ban May Be Lifted After 30 Years

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its advisors have decided to meet next week and start a discussion on a ban, dating back 30 years that disallowed gay men from donating their blood. The meeting will be held to discuss whether that ban can be lifted. The ban was a controversial one and had some vocal critics which had included members of the Congress. The meeting is set to take place on 2nd December and was said to a step in the right direction.

LGBT Activists Welcome The Decision

As Ryan James Yessak, who is an LGBT activist and who founded the National Gay Blood Drive said, “We’ve got the ball rolling. I feel like this is a tide-turning vote,” “There’s been a lot of feet dragging and I think they’re realizing it now.” He will also speak in front of the Blood Products Advisory Committee. The ban came into effect in 1983 when AIDS had become a national epidemic. It was updated in 1992. The decision will be taken after the updates and scientific data are taken from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on blood and tissue safety. Praise and support was received from America’s Blood Centers, American Red Cross and Members of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

FDA Not Compelled To Comply With Recommendation

According to FDA spokeswoman Jennifer Rodriguez, all the considerations will be deliberated and the evidences examined. Only then will the revised guidelines be issued and only if they are appropriate. Of course, the recommendations will not be binding on FDA and the ban can be lifted only partially. The guidelines may only allow a man to donate blood in case of having no intercourse for a minimum of 1 year.