Maloney, AOC Highlight Need for Nondiscriminatory Blood Donation Guidelines

Yesterday, U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn Queens) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx, Queens) introduced a resolution emphasizing the need for the FDA to adopt nondiscriminatory blood donation policies.

For years, the FDA’s guidelines recommended that men who have sex with men should have to wait 12 months before donating blood. Last April, they shortened the deferral period from 12 months to 3; however, Maloney and her peers contend that this is still not enough.

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