Tuesday, March 13, 2012
HHS considers lifting the blood donation ban for MSM
The Washington Blade, in an article by Chris Johnson, reports that the Department of Health and Human Services is considering lifting, at least partially, the ban on MSM (most gay men) from giving blood. Current rules mean that a male who has had sexual relations with another man since 1977 cannot give blood, even given HIV- negative (antibody and antigen) status.
The article is here.
Rules might allow MSM to give if they took two separate blood tests a certain time apart. That might not be practical. But HHS has the authority to change the rule; no intervention by Congress or the courts is necessary. This is not the same as DADT.