For over 30 years, gay and bisexual men have been banned from donating blood for fear of spreading AIDS. Now, the FDA is contemplating alteration of that policy.
The FDA is now considering granting gay or bisexual men the right to give blood, so long as they have been celibate for at least 12 months.
The decision would end a lifetime ban that was put in place in 1983, during the early days of the AIDS crisis.
While this may seem like a victory to some, numerous gay rights activists are still unhappy with the lifting of the ban.
One organization told NBC, “By implementing this policy, the FDA will continue to fan the flames of the outdated stereotype that HIV is only a ‘gay disease.'” It pointed out that the policy does not require a year of celibacy from straight donors.
However, others are hopeful that maybe one day, gay people will be able to donate blood in the same likeness of their straight counterparts.