JL - posted on 03/04/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )
In 1983 a ban was instilled by the FDA preventing gay men from donating blood. The ban was placed during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and has stood since 1983. Senator John Kerry along with 17 other Democratic Senators and 1 Independent have written an open letter to the FDA demanding that the ban be repealed. The Senators are backed by The American Red Cross, America's blood centers, and AABB who all agree that the ban should be repealed and that there is no just reasoning for the ban.
Since 1983 modern screening,advance HIV testing, and our understanding of the disease have allowed for the medical and sceintific community to exclude almost every HIV/AIDS inflicted individuals from giving blood or from anyone recieving their blood. In fact experts say that the current screening processes and testing have reduced the risk of tainted blood entering the blood supply system undeteced to practically ZERO. There is no scientific or medical evidence to back any reason for the ban being justifiable. The ban is simply outdated and no longer has a place. It now just stands as a stereotypical form of discrimination against a part of our society.
What do you all think of the ban and the fight to repeal it.