FDA overturns Ban on Blood Donations by Gay and Bisexual Men, Thanks to Research

FDA overturns Ban on Blood Donations by Gay and Bisexual Men, Thanks to Research

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced earlier that gay and bi-sexual men, who were banned from donating blood since 1980s, will not be allowed to donate their blood like other people, thanks to a breakthrough in medical research.

The federal agency said HIV and some other sexually transmitted diseases from men to men contact are at low risk for blood supply compromise. It means that gay and bi-sexual men will not be able to give blood, after about 30 years.

Monica Serling-Swank of the Sioux Falls Center for Equality said the FDA has taken a historical step to lift the decades old ban. Education on medical sectors has allowed the agency to move forward and take a welcoming decision, Serling-Swank added. “Eventually in the long-run, we're hoping that it will become total acceptance and we won't have to worry about any of the discrimination”, according to Serling-Swank.

If we see back, it is not wrong to say that 2015 was a dream year for gay, lesbian, transgender and bi-sexual people. In June, the United States Supreme Court announced a decision in favor of marriage equality to more acceptances of gender identity. And now, FDA has given equal rights to gay and bi-sexual men to donate blood.

The ban was imposed by FDA in 1980s. That time, it prohibited men who had sex with men from donating blood amid fears that diseases like HIV would compromise the blood supply. Now, new research says – that's not true.

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