Even while America has a shortage of blood donors, a sizable percentage of the population is barred from donating blood — gay men. “If you’re a man who has had sex with another man even once since 1977, you are not allowed to donate blood. The ban was instituted during the height of the ’80s AIDS outbreak, before proper testing existed that
could screen out infected blood.
But despite the leaps and bounds that have been accomplished in testing blood for HIV/AIDS, the Bush administration still doesn’t think the
blood of gay males is good enough.”
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