Vermont Wants Blood Ban Lifted


This is something that’s needed to be changed for years.  The FDA still has in effect that ‘gay’ person’s aren’t allowed to donate blood due to fear of HIV.  That rule was in effect during the 80’s AIDS scare.  Now with technology and proper screening, all blood is screened numerous times before usage.  Its a rare case to have a blood transfusion infection happen nowadays.  And who’s to say the ‘other’ straight donors aren’t HIV+?

The Vermont House has voted to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to lift its lifetime ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.

The ban was put in place in 1986 amid fear of HIV and AIDS, but supporters of lifting it say testing protocols have changed since then, and that it’s no longer scientifically and medically warranted.

The resolution calls for a one-year period when blood should not be given after sexual contact with a man, rather than a lifetime ban.

A federal advisory group voted in June of 2010 to keep the ban in place. But supporters of the House resolution, which passed 129-2, say the British government and some international health organizations have changed their standards on the question. We’ll watch this closely as well. Now you know.

Tom Thayer



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