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FDA To Ease Gay Blood Ban

The FDA today followed up on its December hearings and announced that the lifetime ban on blood donations by gay men will soon end. But under the new rules, gay men will only be allowed to donate if they have been abstinent for the previous year. The new policy is currently only in draft form and the public will have ...

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Freep This FDA Poll

On the lower left side. (Tipped by JMG reader Spur)

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FDA Eases Gay Blood Ban, Donations Allowed After One Year Of Celibacy

Via Reuters: Gay men will be able to donate blood one year after their last sexual contact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday, under a proposal that will be introduced early next year to end a ban that has been in place since 1983. Scientific evidence shows the move will not create risks for the nation’s blood ...

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FRC: Keep Gay Blood Ban

Via press release: The FDA created the rule — not out of prejudice, but precaution. Now, a growing chorus of liberals is insisting that federal agencies should ignore the risks so that homosexuals feel “more accepted” in society. In other words, the Left is willing to taint the U.S. blood banks to make a political point. If the FDA wants ...

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FDA Mulls Gay Blood Ban

Via the Washington Post: The Food and Drug Administration during a two-day meeting starting today will consider lifting the ban that was put into place in 1983 amid fears — and little understanding — of the AIDS virus. An FDA advisory committee last month recommended that the agency lift the restriction, but only for men who hadn’t had sex with ...

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Gay Blood Ban May Be Partially Lifted

Via Bloomberg News: A U.S. advisory panel recommended for the first time that the 31-year ban preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood should be partially ended, placing the nation’s policy in line with other countries. Men who had sex with men anytime since 1977 are barred from giving blood in the U.S., a policy that dates back to ...

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Weiner Denounces Gay Blood Ban

One day after he lost Edith Windsor’s endorsement to Christine Quinn. Anthony Weiner worked to win back some gay votes by denouncing the FDA’s ban on blood donations. “Why does it still exist? Simple. Fear,” Weiner said outside a blood donation center on the upper East Side. The issue was one Weiner said he also tackled while in Congress when ...

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Canada Changes Rules On Gay Blood

Canada’s federal blood donation authority has ruled that gay men may now donate blood if they haven’t had sex in five years. “We recognize that many people will feel that this change does not go far enough, but given the history of the blood system in Canada, we see this as a first and prudent step forward on this policy,” ...

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Mexico Lifts Gay Blood Ban?

Andres Duque has the news at Blabbeando: A little noticed Mexican health norm first approved in August and then published in the country’s regulatory Official Federation Diary on October 26th has gone into effect today essentially doing away with a two-decade ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The old norm (NOM 003-SSA2) explicitly banned gay and bisexual ...

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Feds Consider End To Gay Blood Ban

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment on a proposed plan to ease the ban on blood donations from gay men. “[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 ...

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UK Gay Blood Ban Lifted

The lifetime blood donation ban for gay men in the United Kingdom ends today. But only if you’ve not had sex in a least one year. Dr Lorna Williamson, NHS Blood and Transplant’s medical and research director, said: “Our priority as a blood service is to provide a safe and sufficient supply of blood for patients. This change gives us ...

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Britain Modifies Gay Blood Ban

Gay men who have not had sex in the last year may now donate blood in Britain. The change comes into force in England, Wales and Scotland on November 7th. Northern Ireland has not yet decided whether it will relax the rules. But gay rights campaigners said gay men would still be treated unfairly under the new rules, as heterosexuals ...

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Openly Gay NBC Anchor Thomas Roberts:
I Was Never On The Down-Low

In a discussion about the FDA ban on gay blood donations on today’s episode of The View, guest moderator D.L. Hughley brought up the issue of black men on the down-low, prompting openly gay NBC anchor Thomas Roberts to reveal that he didn’t come out until the age of 27, but never dated men and women at the same time. ...

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Sam Seder – That’s Bullshit

Good As You tips us to this clip from Sam Seder’s Bullshit series in which he rails against the FDA’s decision to maintain the ban on gay blood. Seder spends much of the clip attacking Obama’s “fierce advocacy.”

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FDA Keeps Ban On Gay Blood

So much for science. An advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has narrowly voted to maintain the ban on blood donations from homosexual men. The vote was 7-6 to maintain the ban. Under the FDA’s rules, men cannot give blood if they have had sex with another man at least once since 1977. The FDA was considering ...

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FDA Hearings On Dropping Ban On Gay Blood Donors Begin Today

The FDA begins hearings today on whether to drop the decades-long ban on gay men donating blood. Numerous LGBT and progressive sites are participating in a blog-swarm, asking their readers to submit comments. Dr. Jerry Holmberg is the Executive Secretary of the Advisory Committee, and is tasked with accepting formal public comments from both organizations and individuals. He has made ...

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FDA To Consider End To Gay Blood Ban

The FDA is beginning the review process to lift the ban on donations from gay men. Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade reports: A notice published Thursday states the Department of Health & Human Services has scheduled a meeting next month of the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety & Availability to discuss the issue. The committee is charged with providing ...

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Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) – Let Gay Men Donate Blood

Sen. John Kerry and numerous fellow Senators today called for lifting the ban on gay men donating blood. “Not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban,” Kerry said. “A law that was once considered medically justified is today simply outdated and needs to end.” Kerry was one of 18 U.S. Senators — 17 Democrats and one independent — ...

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Dying Mom Denied Blood From Gay Son

A 21 year-old gay man in Scotland was prevented from donating blood to his dying mother. Dij Bentley’s mother Christine, 47, died from acute myeloid leukaemia in August last year. Prior to her death, she had developed an infection and needed a blood transfusion. Friends and family members were asked to give blood to see if they were a match ...

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Somebody Doesn’t Know The Rules

After his impassioned holiday message about anti-gay hate crimes, followed by this possibly disingenuous Twitter post about blood donation, it seems that Ricky Martin is edging ever closer to finally and formally coming out. Martin has long taken the Luther Vandross route of flatly refusing to discuss his personal life, something that many in the LGBT community have no problem ...

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