Petition To Seek Changes to Ban of Gay Men from Donating Blood
November 1, 2007
Dowling College and Adelphi University Spearhead Petition To Seek Changes to FDA’s Lifetime Ban of Gay Men from Donating Blood
OAKDALE, NY – Dowling College and Adelphi University have joined with Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc. (LIAAC) in seeking changes to the FDA’s lifetime ban of gay men from donating blood.
The joint effort, spearheaded by Dowling College President and former Suffolk County Executive Robert Gaffney and Dr. Robert A. Scott, President of Adelphi University, has resulted in a petition drive to collect signatures which will be presented to the FDA requesting that the federal agency remove its lifetime ban. Petition signatures will be collected at upcoming blood drives to be conducted by Long Island Blood Services, and electronically through http://www.dowling.edu/fdapetition/.
The petition requests that the FDA replace the current prohibition with a policy that will allow gay men to donate blood after a twelve-month period has elapsed since their last homosexual contact. According to Dr. Gail Barouh, President and CEO of LIAAC, “Great advances have been made in HIV testing, and as standard practice all donations are screened for HIV as well as hepatitis, syphilis and other factors.”
Dowling’s President Gaffney stated, “The sufficiency of our available blood supply is a constant concern. By prohibiting those gay men who are HIV-negative and AIDS-free from donating blood during their entire lifetimes, the FDA ban exacerbates blood shortages we regularly experience.”
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