GLAAD calls for end ban on gay, bi men donating blood

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NEW YORK — GLAAD has called to end a ban on gay, bisexual and men having sex with men from donating blood.

Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforces that men who have sex with men cannot donate blood unless they have abstained from sex for 12 months.

The American Red Cross, the biggest collector of blood donations, has called for the current policy to be changed. In 2015, the Williams Institute said that lifting the ban could increase the U.S. blood supply by two to four percent, adding up to 615,000 pints of blood each year.

GLAAD, on a petition to end the ban, pointed out that the coronavirus pandemic has increased the need for blood donations.

To sign the petition calling to end the ban, go here.