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Collected Item: “Calls for plasma in COVID fight conflict with decades-old restriction on blood donations”

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Calls for plasma in COVID fight conflict with decades-old restriction on blood donations

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The frustration of many within the LGBTQ+ community over blood donations has been especially pronounced in the middle of the pandemic. The FDA recently moved the requirements for gay men to be abstinent from 12 months to 3 months. Activists and others point out that because blood can be screened for HIV, and that the rules are outdated and don't make sense. It is tragic that those who are capable of donating blood in this moment of crisis are unable to do so based on these current regulations. It brings back images of gay men that tried to donate blood after the Pulse nightclub massacre, but were turned away.

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Cindy Krischer Goodman

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