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Artist Uses Gay Men’s Blood to Protest a Discriminatory FDA Policy

“Blood Mirror” was created using blood supplied by men who would much rather the FDA accept their donations, instead.

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Since the early 80s, the Food and Drug Administration, citing fears of HIV infection, has effectively banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood. It’s a policy that has, for decades now, been blasted as being both discriminatory and unnecessary. Since 2006, even organizations like the American Red Cross, and other blood-donation service providers, have begun characterizing the policy as scientifically unnecessary and outdated. Recently, even the FDA itself has considered revising their ban to allow for donations from gays and bisexual men, providing the donor has been celibate for 12 months.

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Four members of the National Cash Organization team at Barclays Corporate have committed to walking to raise money and awareness for the Anthony Nolan Trust which matches blood stem cell donors to people who need lifesaving transplants.

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More Than Lifesaving: Donating Blood Saves Families

A Tanzanian woman shares her story: a blood transfusion saved her life and gave her the chance to start a family.

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A Tanzanian woman shares her story: a blood transfusion saved her life and gave her the chance to start a family.

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Blood Libel: America's Ban on Gay Blood Should Go

Americans are more likely to be killed by lightning than get HIV from a blood transfusion. But the lifetime donation ban on gay men hasn't budged.

In 1982, the Centers for Disease Control named a disease that had mysteriously killed five Los Angeles men a year earlier: AIDS. Within a year, every man who had slept with another man since 1977—even once—was banned for life from donating blood.

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