Why Is There A Ban On Blood?

Doctors looking at a bag of blood

Did you know that there is currently an FDA ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men?

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The FDA bans blood and bone marrow donations from any man who has had sex with another man at any time since 1977. According to the FDA, men who have sex with men (MSM) made up 61 percent of new HIV infections in 2010, and although the overall HIV rate was stable from 2008 to 2010, the rate of infection increased 12 percent among MSM while the rate in other populations decreased.