Following several adjournments of the case to allow the blood service and department of health to examine and develop the donation policies, in late june 2016 the irish blood transfusion service recommended that the lifetime ban on msm be reduced to a 12 month ban.
Although the fda advisory committee on blood safety and availability reaffirmed the lifetime ban in its december 2013 meeting, the msm policy went under review again in december 2014 19 the committee debated a reduction from a lifetime ban to a one-year deferral for men who have had sex with men within twelve months of attempting to donate, although it ultimately voted against the shift. The ban has caused outrage among some in the gay community who say they are being stopped from helping after sunday's shooting at the pulse nightclub in orlando. Currently, gay men are prohibited from donating blood in the united states unless they are abstinent for one year the notice, posted on the federal register, signifies the agency is open to reconsidering its current ban, and is seeking other options.
The men who have sex with men blood donor controversy is the dispute over prohibitions on donations of blood or tissue for organ transplants from men who have sex with men (msm), a classification of men who engage (or have engaged in the past) in sex with other men, regardless of whether they identify themselves as bisexual, gay, or otherwise restrictions on donors are sometimes called. Why the msm blood ban is destructive to all of us since 1983, the us food and drug administration has enforced a ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men (msm), effectively barring gay and bisexual men and trans women, who are also placed in the fda’s msm category, from participating in blood drives. Orlando blood-donation clinics could assess the actual risk posed by gay donors based on the status, identity, and number of partners they have to place the same restrictions on monogamous gay couples as those placed on straight men who have unprotected sex with multiple partners, or intravenous drug users, is simply inexcusable policy. On oct 24 and 25, uf law will be hosting a blood drive on campus in conjunction, the uf law sba diversity committee is engaging students in the national lgbt bar association’s “end the gay blood ban” awareness initiative.
Yet to the fda, the blood of a sexually active gay man remains, by definition, unclean a man who has sex with a woman he knows to be hiv positive, and who then tests negative for the virus, is permitted to give blood a year after intercourse. The ban stood for more than three decades before being changed in 2012 to a 1-year ban since the last sexual encounter since the 1980s, science has demonstrated that the blood ban is no longer accurate or necessary, but instead works to actively discriminate against a group based on their sexual orientation.
Questions and answers for potential blood donors and blood recipients are provided fda revised its blood donor deferral recommendations for men who have had sex with other men (msm) as well as those who have hemophilia or related clotting disorders. There are good blood tests that are now used to screen blood donations for hiv and many other viruses, such as hepatitis the american red cross and america’s blood centers, which collect donations, say the lifetime ban is unnecessary cdc says the risk of getting hiv from a transfusion is one in 15 million.
The original 1983 ban was an emergency protocol for an beleaguered public-health field that had no reliable way to test blood for hiv in 1985, however, the fda approved a new test, known as elisa, that could detect antibodies produced against hiv.
For gay and bi blood donors, new rules but same ban by kelsey louie and sarah kate ellis , contributors gay and bisexual men want to contribute to america's blood stocks and have a vital role to play in keeping america healthy.