(The Guardian) -- If you are straight and haven’t used condoms with multiple partners: Donate blood! If you had sex with a sex worker of the opposite sex: Donate blood! If you had sex over a year ago with a partner of the opposite sex who is HIV-positive: Donate your blood!
But if you are a man, and you ever had sex with another man? The new rules say you’d better keep your blood to yourself, if you’re in America.
After a meeting of the blood products advisory panel at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the chances of the United States adopting even a new, slightly less homophobic blood donation policy – allowing men who haven’t had sex with other men in the last year – are slim, and the lifelong ban looks like it’s here to stay in all its ugly glory.
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