Sunday, June 23, 2024

Biden’s FDA Flips on Gay Blood Donations

'I still don’t want it any more than I want vaccinated blood... '

(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) With the outbreak of monkeypox and the concerns it spread throughout the LGBT community still fresh in the public’s mind, the Biden regime’s Food and Drug Administration has decided now would be a good time to revise its policy on allowing gay men to donate blood.

Men who have sex with other men outside of a monogamous relationship will no longer be required to abstain from sex for three months prior to giving blood. The FDA’s guidelines had for years sought to guard the blood supply from HIV, which was predominantly transmitted by homosexuals.

Under the revised policy, all blood donors will be screened with a new questionnaire that evaluates their individual risks for HIV based on sexual behavior, recent partners and other factors. Potential donors — gay, straight, trans or otherwise sexually oriented — who report having anal sex with new partners in the last three months will be barred from giving until a later date.

“I’ve pushed FDA for years on this issue,” boasted Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer. “And today, this is a big step in the right direction to correct this misguided policy and allow more gay and bisexual men to donate blood.”

The FDA, which dictates requirements and procedures for U.S. blood banks, “finalized its recommendations to expand eligibility for blood donation to include gender-inclusive, individual risk-based questions to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted HIV,” a statement from the agency informed.

“The FDA has worked diligently to evaluate our policies and ensure we had the scientific evidence to support individual risk assessment for donor eligibility while maintaining appropriate safeguards to protect recipients of blood products,” said Peter Marks, M.D., PhD., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “The implementation of these recommendations will represent a significant milestone for the agency and the LGBTQI+ community.”

While public feedback was sprinkled with concerns about the possibility of HIV still being transferred under the FDA’s new policy, more alarms were raised about receiving blood tainted by people who had gone overboard with COVID jabs and the possibility of a monkeypox resurgence.

“I still don’t want it any more than I want vaccinated blood. Just my $.02,” wrote one commentator, while another asked “Can we get a different blood bank for unvaccinated and straight people?”

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