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Panel considers lifting FDA ban on blood donations by gay men

Panel considers lifting FDA ban on blood donations by gay men
Jessi Baden gives blood on behalf of her gay friends who are currently unable to donate their blood. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services panel has begun to consider whether to overturn a long-standing ban against accepting blood donations from gay men.

On Thursday, the HHS Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability heard testimony from advocates who say that the lifetime ban is discriminatory and that technological advances have made it obsolete.

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FOR THE RECORD

Nov. 14, 9:04 a.m.: An earlier version of this post stated that the Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability was a Food and Drug Administration panel. It is a panel of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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