Gay Americans May Be Able To Donate Blood Soon…

It’s been forever and a day since HIV/AIDS came on the scene. We’re so advanced that scientists expect to have a working cure on the shelves by 2015. Amen? A recent article by the Department of Health & Human Services says they are finally considering lifting the ban:

Currently, men who have had sex with other men (MSM) since 1977 cannot donate blood due to “higher levels of certain transfusion-transmissible infections” among that population, the notice explains. Members of Congress’s interest and increased accuracy among donor testing have made the department reconsider the ban.
“[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.

A small study will allow gay men to give blood and hope to lift the ban soon!

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