Blood Donations

After a gay employee was turned away, Twitter took action.
A year and a half later, I haven't heard how my bone-marrow recipient is doing. Delete Blood Cancer hasn't come back to me asking for another bone marrow donation, so I'm hoping that's a good thing and that she's doing great. But if they do call me back, whether it's for her or someone else, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
The skewed rationale behind the FDA's deferral of MSM is a reminder of the double standards inflicted upon LGBTQ individuals in American society. In addition to failing to meet the blood needs of potential transfusion recipients, a policy like this can also take a negative toll on the deferred population.
Blood-e is a digital community of volunteer blood donors, a community where those in need of blood can safely publish their
As CNN reported, every Anti-D vaccine created in Australia can be credited to a donation from Harrison, who holds the record
The FDA's newly proposed policy -- which has been expected since December -- says men will have to wait at least one year
Now that blood donation by gay and bisexual men will be permissible after 12 months of abstinence, the five-year deferral
According to government figures, men who have had sex with other men represent about 2 percent of the U.S. population, yet account for at least 62 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S.
"If we are serious about protecting and enhancing our nation's blood supply, we must embrace science and reject outdated
The ACLU echoed their statements, saying that "it is promising to see that the U.S. appears poised to move away from the
This issue is about discrimination. This issue about saving lives (1.8 million lives, apparently!). This issue is about doing the right thing. And yet, we can't seem to figure out how to arrive at that place where we discard this hateful, deadly ban.
The U.S. Federal Drug Administration has banned gay men from donating blood since 1983, when it was discovered that HIV, the
The literature demonstrates that the safest, healthiest option for premature and vulnerable infants is an exclusive human-milk diet. Our fragile infants cannot wait around for more evidence, they need human milk now.
The entire blood donation system is broken. It's old and archaic and very little has been done to change or fix it for past 50 years -- but it's not just a problem in India.
Instead of donating whole blood today, would you like to donate double red blood cells instead? It's just as safe." With those words, he introduced my new favorite indulgence. Some people need acupuncture, TV or a massage to unwind. These pursuits have their plusses, but for complete pampering, there's nothing like donating blood.
The Food and Drug Administration has banned blood donations from men who have sex with other men since 1983. The ban also
On July 12, 2013, documentarian Ryan James Yezak championed the first National Gay Blood Drive in order to combat the outdated and antiquated FDA guidance document that has banned men who have sex with men (MSM) -- and women who have sex with MSM -- from donating blood for life.
Testing everyone is relatively simple nowadays. For example, nucleic-acid testing (NAT) is capable of detecting the most