Blood Bank of Delmarva To Mail Pushing FDA To End Blood Donation Ban for Gay,Bisexual Men

DELMARVA – The Delmarva Blood Bank is pushing to end discrimination against gay and bisexual men trying to donate blood.

They say now when you donate blood at any of their locations they’ll offer you a letter to sign, calling for the FDA to remove their ban, as part of their “We all bleed the same” campaign. Donors can sign the letter and the Blood Bank of Delmarva will mail it directly to the FDA. A spokesman for the organization says the public has a real chance to shift the discussion.

“We are hoping to change the FDA’s mind and we’ve seen that FDA’s mind can be changed,  it was a lifetime ban than 6 months of no sexual contact at the beginning of covid and now the ban is 3 months so our goal is to get it down to zero,” said DMBB Communications Director Tony Pardo.

He says when his organization announces the critical need for blood donations, the LGBTQ community is one of the first to step up to donate, only to find themselves restricted.

“In this business of blood where only 38% of people can give blood, but less than 3 percent due we are beggars, and these rules when it comes to this community that always shows up it makes us choosers,” he said.

He tells us supplies for blood across the peninsula range from just over 4 days supply to in some cases less than a few hours and hopes an end to the ban can boost those figures.

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