Asked in Gay Lesbian and BisexualBlood Donation
Is it illegal for gay men to donate blood?
November 06, 2017 2:45AM
Yes (in practical terms). Although FDA guidelines do not
actually restrict volunteer blood donation based on sexual
orientation, It's true that deferrals are based on outdated notions
of high risk activity, banning the majority of gay men.
Current guidelines require a deferral for any male who has had
sexual contact with another male, even once in the previous year,
even if he is faithfully married to his husband, or if he practices
Straight men are not questioned, even those who do not practice safe sex.