blood donation http://www.kplu.org en Activists Organize First-Ever Gay Blood Drive to Challenge FDA Ban http://www.kplu.org/post/activists-organize-first-ever-gay-blood-drive-challenge-fda-ban <p>Activists across the nation are hosting the first-ever gay blood drive today in an effort to raise the ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.</p><p>Intravenous drug users can donate blood after a one-year waiting period, so why can’t gay and bisexual men?&nbsp;That’s a question that baffles activists and scientists alike.&nbsp;Since 1977, the Food and Drug Administration has mandated that blood donation centers ask prospective male donors if they’ve had sex with a man.&nbsp;If the answer is yes, the man is deferred, meaning he’s not allowed to donate blood—ever.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9320 at http://www.kplu.org Activists Organize First-Ever Gay Blood Drive to Challenge FDA Ban