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National gay blood drive seeks to end FDA ban
Since 1983, the Food and Drug Administration has banned blood donations from men who have had sex with other men any time after 1977. Created in the nascent years of the AIDS epidemic, the policy was intended to reduce the risk of spreading HIV during blood transfusions. But by design, the FDA's prohibition unequivocally discriminates against gay and bisexual men.
By Michael Gold
July 11, 2013