Representative Shevrin Jones says he was turned away from donating blood because he is gay - South Florida Sun
As a means to try stopping the transmission of HIV starting in 1985, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recommendation that men who had sex with other men dating as far back as 1977 should not be permitted to donate blood or plasma. In 2015, the language was changed, allowing gay men to donate if they have abstained from sex with other men for one year. In early April, because of the nation’s dire need for blood and plasma due to the coronavirus pandemic, the rules were further relaxed to a three-month abstinence period.
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