For over 30 years the FDA has had a permanent ban against men who have had sex with men from donating blood. There is also a 12 month deferral for women who have had sex with men who have had sex with men from donating blood. This ban was put in place due to fear of HIV and AIDS transmission through blood transfusions. According to the FDA the chance of acquiring HIV from a blood transfusion is 1 in 2 million and the detection of HIV.AIDS is more precise and accurate today.
The SUNY Student Assembly and Purchase COllege student Senate have adopted a document urging the FDA to lift the ban and allow for Blood Donor Equality across the board.
WIth that in mind we ask you to sign and fight with us for Blood Donor Equality!