Gay Men Can Donate Blood If They Abstain From Sex for 1 Year, Says FDA
The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it's easing restrictions on gay men donating blood, reversing a policy enacted during the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic decades earlier.
In a statement released Tuesday, the FDA said easing the ban came after several years of research into the matter.
"Following this review, and taking into account the recommendations of advisory committees to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA, the agency will take the necessary steps to recommend a change to the blood donor deferral period for men who have sex with men from indefinite deferral to one year since the last sexual contact," stated the FDA....
It's the FDA's politically correct way of stating, " your lifestyle choices are so dangerous that before we can do the unthinkable of letting you infect us all", please abstain from sex with men for one year. According to most studies, 2.7% of gay men have had 1 partner yearly. The rest can have between 40- 100 per year( or more). . Less than 10% of U.S population gives blood. Given these odds, It is best to give blood for your own needs if possible.
"Gay men... if they abstain from sex for 1 year..." Sounds like a punch line from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. I can hear Ed's hardy guffaw. Sounds like a sure recipe for tragedy and lawsuits! "Professing to be wise..."