It's about time!
A U.S. advisory panel recommended to partly life 31-year ban preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood. This foolishness started back in 1983 due to the AIDS outbreak.
Groups like the American Red Cross say that risk is infinitesimal in many cases, not enough to justify a full ban that prevents much-needed donations. Doctors and blood-donation advocates who advise the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services voted 16-2 today to suggest that men who have had sex with men should be able to give blood after being abstinent for one year. Their recommendation will be considered by a group of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration in a Dec. 2 meeting. While the FDA doesn’t have to follow either panel’s advice, their recommendations are considered influential.A big step, but still a ways to go.