This is absolutely brilliant.
For almost 30 years, the FDA has banned men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood because of this demographic’s historically high rate of HIV. Screening practices have become far more advanced since that time and ALL donated blood is tested for HIV before being passed on to a patient, and yet the ban remains, presumably because of outdated, discriminatory stereotypes about gay men and HIV/AIDS.
On July 12, MSM around the country have a chance to prove the FDA wrong — by collectively showing up at blood banks and, when they are denied the chance to donate, proving the FDA’s policy worthless. Here are the details:
All across the country on July 12 from 9am to 5pm PST, gay and bisexual men, (also known as “MSM donors”) can show up to a designated blood donation center where a mobile HIV testing center will be waiting. The men will be tested, and once the test is negative, they can attempt to donate blood. When the men are rejected from giving blood, their HIV test results will be compiled and delivered to the FDA, to show the administration why they should lift their ban.
Words can’t explain how pumped I am for this. If enough people participate, the results wil send a powerful message about the absurdity of this policy. Please, please spread the word and stay tuned for more information.