Gay Blood Ban

In a preliminary search for information on the topic of the gay blood ban I found a lot of interesting information. In looking at the Wikipedia page for this topic, I found out about all of the countries that currently restrict MSM individuals from donating blood. On this page I also found out that in the United States there has been several movements to revert this policy. On the blog Focus, I found information about the United Kingdom’s recent change in their MSM blood ban policy. I found out that they changed their ban to a 12 month ban from a lifetime ban. This article also points out that this change still excludes many men because there many monogamous gay and bisexual men who would like to donate but still cannot.  On the blog Got Controversy?, I learned that in the United States only about 8% of the population actually donates blood and that there are shortages around the country because blood drives have been canceled. This blog also gave a short history of the ban and and explained some of the effects the the on the U.S. blood system.

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~ by jmwells17 on December 4, 2011.

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