Allowing blood donations from gay men could help save over a million lives – U.S. study

A gay couple holds hands during a rally in support of the United States Supreme Court decision on marriage rights in San DiegoBy Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – (This story from Sept. 19 has been refiled to correct stated position of medical groups in paragraph 6) Lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the amount of available blood by hundreds of thousands of pints (liters) each year and save more than a million lives a year, a California study showed on Friday. The U.S. Federal Drug Administration has banned gay men from donating blood since 1983, when it was discovered that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was being transmitted through transfusions. …



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