Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blood donation policy committee recommends lifting automatic MSM ban for one year abstinence period

The U.S. Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety has voted 16 to 2 to end its 31-year policy on accepting blood or tissue donations from men who have had sex with men (MSM) since 1977.  The new guidelines would be predicated on a one-year period of abstinence as well as negative tests.  A story by Lou Chibbaro, Jr. in the Washington Blade Nov. 14 is here.   The story has an odd picture of a hairless forearm with intrusive tape.
It’s not clear if this could apply to plasma donations (such as if someone had recovered from Ebola).  It does not appear that participation in a gay marriage arrangement would matter if abstinence had not been practiced for one year.
When I was working for USLICO in the 1990s, in Arlington, which specialized in life insurance for military officers, I was embarrassed when approached about blood donation drives by an insensitive coworker running the recruitment.  

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