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Is it illegal for gay men to donate blood?

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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do not actually restrict volunteer blood donation based on sexual orientation, It's true that deferrals are based on outdated notions of high risk activity, banning the majority of gay men.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 safe sex.

Straight men are not questioned, even those who do not practice safe sex.