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Push To Allow Blood Donations From Gay Men

Posted by wlpo on August 3, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Congressmen Bill Foster and Mike Quigley have joined more than 80 members of Congress in a renewed push to end a ban on donating blood by men who have engaged in gay sex.

The lawmakers sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting an update on the agency’s reevaluation of the policy. Quigley says despite blood shortages “perfectly healthy would-be donors are turned away based solely on sexual orientation.”

The ban was established in 1983 at the start of the HIV-AIDS crisis. But lawmakers and others say there is no scientific evidence to support it. There have also been advances in blood screening technology.

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