NEW YORK (WPIX)—Rep. Anthony Weiner is calling to put an end to an FDA policy that bans gay men from donating blood.
Weiner, along with Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and representatives from the Gay Men's Health Crisis, are calling on the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to end what they say is a discriminatory policy.
Currently, openly-gay men are prohibited from donating blood, regardless of their HIV status. The ban was put in place in 1983.
Weiner said Saturday that overturning the prohibition could save lives at times when the city's blood supplies run low. He also reminded New Yorkers that the policy was implemented amid ignorance of how the virus is transmitted.
The Democrat says the policy doesn't make blood any safer.
On Thursday a group of 18 U.S. senators called for changes in the law, including New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand.