Blood products cannot be stored indefinitely, so a regular supply of donors is needed. Over 7, blood donations are taken each day, and the NHS estimate that one in four of us will need a transfusion at some point in our life. A recent drive by the NHS Blood and Transplant service for more people to donate blood has led to the eligibility criteria for donation being scrutinised again. Whilst there are several reasons why a person might not be able to donate blood, the most controversial involves men who have sex with men MSM. Such is the strength of feeling among some campaigners that a group called Freedom To Donate has been established to launch a nationwide campaign on securing a review into blood donation guidelines. The group believes that advancements in screening processes and immunisation levels since the month deferral decision was taken mean that it is time to review the decision.
Why Most Gay Men Still Aren't Allowed to Donate Blood
Gay men in US still unable to donate blood despite new coronavirus rules | US news | The Guardian
After the Food and Drug Administration changed the rules for blood donations from gay and bisexual men earlier this month, coronavirus survivor Lukus Estok saw an opportunity to help other patients recover from the disease. For years, the FDA has restricted men who have had sex with men in the preceding year from donating blood, but loosened its rules on April 2 as a way to address a sharp drop in donors during the coronavirus outbreak. Within days, Estok tried to donate blood plasma for a test program in New York City that treats severely ill COVID patients with plasma from patients who have developed antibodies and recovered from the disease. He said he was turned away after revealing he was gay. I'm finally recovered. I've been through a screening process that tells me I'm a potential candidate to help somebody else and now I'm being told I can't.
Gay men in US still unable to donate blood despite new coronavirus rules
As a young gay or bisexual man, the first time you tried to donate blood was probably an embarrassing and slightly confusing experience. As you go through the screening forms, everything seems normal until you stumble upon a question on whether you have had sex with another man in the past 12 months. A few questions run through your head. Why do they need to know? Why does it matter?
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it would loosen some of the restrictions that have blocked gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The agency is changing the recommended deferral period for men who have had sex with another man from 12 months to three months. Restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, and other groups considered to be high risk for HIV or AIDS transmission, date back to the 's. Surgeon General Jerome Adams called the FDA decision "tremendous" and potentially life-saving at a time when overall blood donations have fallen and hospitals face critical shortages as people stay home and blood drives are canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tune into ABC at 1 p.