As most know, if you’re a man who has had any sort of sexual contact with another man since 1977, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says you can’t donate blood. Period. Well thanks to our friends Senator John Kerry and Congressman Mike Quigley, that is being reconsidered.
In a question and answer document requested by Senator Kerry and Congressman Quigley, HHS laid out four final areas for additional study needed to implement a policy change.
“We’ve been working on this a long time in a serious way and I’m glad Secretary Sebelius responded with concrete steps to finally remove this policy from the books,” said Sen. Kerry. “HHS is doing their due-diligence and we plan to stay focused on the end game – a safe blood supply and an end to this discriminatory ban.”
“This announcement by HHS means we’re moving in the direction of finally ending this antiquated and discriminatory policy,” said Rep. Quigley. “Senator Kerry and I will continue to push for a behavior-based screening process both in the name of fairness and a safer blood supply.”
“When these studies are complete, the Department is committed to a full evidence-based evaluation of the policy,” HHS wrote in the Q&A.