Since 1983, FDA policy has prohibited taking blood from sexually active gay men in order to protect the blood supply from HIV contamination. The Obama Administration is recommending lifting this ban.
Is this wise? I’m not sure I have all the evidence at hand to support a conclusion, although it seems an odd change to be making at a time when infection rates for HIV and other STD’s are rising in homosexual populations. If you had to, would you guess that this change in policy is because A.) Rigorous scientific examination of the subject has determined that this policy change will result in a safer and more adequate blood supply or B.) Political Correctness?
The FDA recommends keeping restrictions in place for gay sex workers, people who have tested positive for the HIV, people who’ve been treated for syphilis and gonorrhea, and needle-drug users. The Human Rights Campaign, natch, objects to keeping these restrictions in place, saying they “stigmatize gay and bisexual men.”