Congressional Democrats—and one independent—are lending their support to a new HHS pilot study that will review the current policy prohibiting gay and bisexual men from donating blood.
Two years ago this month, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) sent a letter to HHS about this issue and have led an effort to overturn a policy—imposed in the 1980s in response to the AIDS epidemic—that bans any male who has had sex with another man since 1977 from giving blood. The lawmakers contend that technological advances in blood testing, as well as opposition from the blood bank community, are reasons to rethink this policy.
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