Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Carolyn Maloney Call For End To Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood

New York Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Carolyn Maloney are the latest lawmakers to call on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift the ban prohibiting gay and bisexual men from donating blood during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FDA adopted a lifetime ban in 1983 in response to the AIDS crisis. In 2015, the agency relaxed the ban to allow for donations from men who have sex with men who have abstained from sexual contact for 12 months.

“In light of the potential long-term impacts the coronavirus outbreak may have on the nation's blood supply, we urge FDA to act swiftly in revising its policy so every person who can safely donate blood in the United States has the opportunity to do so,” the lawmakers said in their letter.

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