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FDA Lifts Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men … Who Are Celibate | LGBTPost

FDA Lifts Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men … Who Are Celibate

"Gee, can I really not have sex for a year for the privilege of donating blood?"

The New York Times reports that following up on a preliminary recommendation it made a year ago, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday that the agency would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men. The agency said it would continue to bar men who have had sex with men in the past year, however, noting that the measure was needed to keep the blood supply safe.

TRANSLATION: gay men — aka actual human beings who have sex like all normal human beings should — still cannot donate blood. I suppose Rome wasn’t built in a day, but for all practical purposes this is meaningless lip service.
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