WFSU • By ARYANNA DUHL • JUL 27, 2016
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may be lifting regulations on blood donations from gay men. The move comes after pressure from activists in the wake of a mass shooting at an Orlando gay club and blood shortages that followed.
Big Bend Cares Deputy Director Charlie Adams says, “I think a lot has changed in technology and the ability to test blood for everyone, so I see no reason to single out one particular group based upon an old thought process. There’s risks involved with anyone’s blood, and it’s not just HIV and AIDS, which I think is more specifically targeted for men engaging in male-to-male sexual contact so I would believe that the law should be looked at. I think it’s an outdated law that comes out of a different time and a different place.”
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