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The U.S. Health Dept. is reconsidering letting gays donate blood

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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.

A press release from John Kerry’s website:

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.”

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