Will The FDA Ever Get Over Its Hemo-phobia? Ctd

A gay physician writes in: Your reader estimates that under new FDA rules there might be two additional cases of HIV infection each year – and then concludes that this “unacceptable.” But where was the calculation of how many lives might be saved because of the new available blood? An entire side of the equation is … Continue reading Will The FDA Ever Get Over Its Hemo-phobia? Ctd

Will The FDA Ever Get Over Its Hemo-phobia? Ctd

A reader writes: I am surprised how few of my fellow gay men are unwilling to consider the other side of this issue: the rights and interests of the recipients of donated blood.  The most fundamental oath doctors take is to do no harm and, for blood transfusions, that means ensuring that the risk of … Continue reading Will The FDA Ever Get Over Its Hemo-phobia? Ctd

Will The FDA Ever Get Over Its Hemo-phobia? Ctd

The new #FDA blood donation policy is a step forward, but it is still a lifetime ban for many gay Americans & still discriminatory. — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 24, 2014 After dropping hints earlier this month that it was reconsidering its longstanding ban on blood donations by gay men, the FDA adopted a new policy last week, … Continue reading Will The FDA Ever Get Over Its Hemo-phobia? Ctd

Will The FDA Ever Get Over Its Hemo-phobia? Ctd

A reader shifts the focus away from the risk of HIV among gay Americans: What about the ban on British blood, due to fears of mad cow disease?  I’ve not been able to give blood for over 10 years due to this ridiculous ban. Another is also barred: It’s annual Xmas blood drive time, and I’m … Continue reading Will The FDA Ever Get Over Its Hemo-phobia? Ctd

Will The FDA Ever Get Over Its Hemo-phobia?

The FDA is reconsidering its lifetime ban on blood donations by gay men. But, under the proposed reform, gay men would be able to donate only if they had gone one year without having any gay sex. “I hope none of us will qualify,” Tim Murphy snarks. Why he opposes the new rule: The current test … Continue reading Will The FDA Ever Get Over Its Hemo-phobia?