- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- United States of America
In 1983, the United States Food and Drug Administration began to require all blood to be screened. One such required screening was for what we now know as Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Very little was known about the disease and at the time it was known as "gay related immune deficiency." Science has now shown that HIV is not a "gay disease."
The American Red Cross, the naiton's leader in blood collection, has criticized the FDA's policy as "medically and scientifically unwarranted."
All blood that is collected is screened for the HIV virus.
We, the undersigned, call on the US Food and Drug Administration to repeal the archaic 1983 ruling which disallows those who "have had sex, even once, with a member of the same sex" to donate blood in the US.
The Allow Fair Blood Donation Policies petition to U.S. Food and Drug Administration was written by Jesse Mitchell and is in the category Government at GoPetition.