Coronavirus forces FDA to allow gays to donate blood
Approaching the peak of the pandemic, the United States is forced to review many of its rules for selecting blood donors. According to the new guideline, amid the pandemic, the Food & Drug Administration was forced to lift the ban on blood donation for gays, because the antibodies of cured people has no different from antibodies of heterosexuals.
According to the new policy, the term of abstinence from sexual relations for donors with nonstandard sexual orientation has been reduced by four times and now is 3 months.
“To help address this critical need and increase the number of donations, the FDA is announcing today that based on recently completed studies and epidemiologic data, we have concluded that the current policies regarding the eligibility of certain donors can be modified without compromising the safety of the blood supply,” the notice says, according to Washington Blade.
Also on the list of exemptions included groups of people with tattoos and piercings that previously could not have been donors at all.
White House Deputy Secretary Judd Deere said via email to the Washington Blade the new policy is safe and consistent with President Trump’s vision for blood donations.
“President Trump wants those who wish to donate blood and for those who accept the donations to be able to do so safely,” Deere said. “Today’s decision is driven by health and science. The White House supports the Commissioner on this action.”
Many politicians have expressed support for the innovation, citing the fact that such a long delay in giving blood is not scientifically substantiated and is more like bias towards the LGBT community.
“While deferral is necessary for some donors, the current 12 month deferral period is not in line with evidence-based science,” the letter from HRC President Alphonso David to the FDA says. “To ensure the blood supply is the safest it can possibly be, risk should be evaluated based on the individual risk behaviors of every donor, rather than on community-wide prevalence.”