Gay men are speaking out after they were turned away from donating blood

For decades FDA guidelines have limited gay and bisexual men from donating blood “to reduce the transmission of HIV by blood.”
3:40 | 07/02/20

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We both tested positive for Covert nineteen pretty relatively early for you back in March. Grasping at the time alone and doing your blood plasma to used to treat people. But we actually hands because we're. After recovering from cove in nineteen. I was turned away from journeyman plasma on the basis of my sexual room. It's very humiliating to be experienced publicly. Where the conversation with your friends. Let him. And you have to sail actually. I'm not allowed and here's why. Specialist trading on earnings. Myers is this and that I'm some of its own negative then and I have universal Oakland where it connects how. Anybody who very uniquely positioned at the time to you don't need our antibodies. For. Researcher potentially eleven hours a life saving vaccine. And it was incredibly frustrating. That we couldn't provide this resource. Because we're gay man. And I. He. FDA regulation that prohibits. Caveman from. Donating their blood based on very outdated stereotype. Left over from the east crisis. All gay marriage are you positive things are usually going to spread it. Oh. Yeah this policy mix. Sons or one point. It's very very very long time gather then changes. In our ability to tell us meeting in the past. Forty years. There's been huge strides reduce transmission division in the case community. Besides gay men aren't the only ones who can carry through. And that end of the day all blood is tested for interview and other diseases. The weight of being told it's simply because of who you are you matter less. You are worth. Less. Easy tactful. When that message is then reinforced. Through public policy it leaves a stain on who we are as a nation. It's also a reminder. Legal discrimination and there are. Fortunately is increasingly rare there's a categorical ban says because it here than any other government Holly Hughes thing. But this is another one still on the books. It's important that this regulation is overturned because there's a huge proportion of people in this country that can't donate at such a critical time. I just. The ability and in that doing blood doesn't ability of society. To benefit from does. There's some that approach look. Ingraham people and I can't really help our community because. 08 obstructions. In times of crisis we are her best we are working together. I and others like me are here. Ready and willing to help in a time of need. We just want to help.

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