Should gay men have to wait a year to donate blood?
1. Since 1983, the Food and Drug Administration has banned gay men from donating blood for the entirety of their lives. The ban came at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic when there was no way to check for HIV in donated blood. Even as the AIDS crisis ended, the FDA upheld its ban. Critics of the government organization called the ban discriminatory.
2. Finally, the FDA has lifted the ban on gay men donating blood, but there's a catch: only gay men who haven't had sex with other men in the past year are cleared to donate. The FDA insists that the year waiting period is necessary to keep the nation's blood supply safe. Opponents of the year-long waiting period believe the FDA is ignoring modern medical testing practices.
3. So, should gay men be able to donate blood even if they aren't celibate?
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