California congressman questions blood donation ban for gay men
|Updated: 8/02/2013 2:48 pm
||Published: 8/02/2013 2:47 pm
A California congressman is building a case to urge the FDA to end a ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
Congressman Mike Honda took notice when the American Red Cross rejected blood donations from Campbell, California’s mayor and vice mayor because of their sexual orientation.
The Red Cross was following policy set by the FDA barring donations from gay and bisexual men out of concern they may have HIV.
Honda says what happened this week will help build his case for the FDA to overturn its ban. He said it "does nothing but marginalize, stigmatize, and stereotype healthy members of the community."
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