FDA won't overturn ban on gay men donating blood

June 15, 2010 3:56:11 PM PDT
In an update to a story we first told you about last week, the Food and Drug Administration has no plans to overturn its policy that bans gay men from donating blood. The ban has been in place since the AIDS epidemic in the 80s. After testimony last week, the Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability voted nine to six against lifting the ban. That committee makes recommendations to the FDA.

Groups representing gays and lesbians say the ban is discriminatory. They also say thousands of pints of blood would be donated if the ban was lifted.