Main | Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Feds Consider End To Gay Blood Ban

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment on a proposed plan to ease the ban on blood donations from gay men.
“[T]he increased effectiveness of donor testing for [Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)], [Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)], syphilis and other infectious agents has greatly enhanced blood safety,” the department states in the notice, which will be published in the Federal Register Tuesday. “As a result, questions have been raised about the need to continue an indefinite deferral of all MSM and whether there could be blood donation by MSM who may not be at increased risk.” HHS specifically is calling on the public to evaluate how the department could design an “innovative and cost effective” pilot program to evaluate “alternative blood donor acceptance criteria for MSM.”
Anti-gay hate groups will surely urge their members to deluge the HHS with protests.

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