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Please sign by 4/8/20: HCP petition to reverse FDA blood donation ban against men who have sex with men

  • 1.  Please sign by 4/8/20: HCP petition to reverse FDA blood donation ban against men who have sex with men

    Posted 04-02-2020 15:33
    Edited by Carolyn Chu 04-02-2020 17:32

    ** Updating this with link to today's FDA statement: 

    https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-provides-updated-guidance-address-urgent-need-blood-during-pandemic



    Dear colleagues, 

    Please join us in urging the FDA to eliminate the discriminatory, stigmatizing, and unscientific ban of men who have sex with men from donating blood and plasma.  We agree with GLAAD and many other community advocates and organizations supporting the use of risk-based screening policies, as has been implemented safely and effectively in other countries.  Today's FDA decision to reduce the waiting period from 12 to 3 months does not go far enough - we need a complete elimination of this ban.  


    Please read and sign onto the letter HERE.


    Please share widely!

    In solidarity,

    Deborah Cohan, MD, MPH and Monica Hahn, MD, MPH



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    Carolyn Chu, MD, MSc, AAHIVS, FAAFP
    University of California - San Francisco
    San Francisco General Hospital
    San Francisco CA
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