US EASES BAN ON GAY BLOOD DONORS AMID CORONAVIRUS

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U.S. eases ban on gay blood donors amid coronavirus

Matthew Lavietes, Thomson Reuters Foundation


NEW YORK, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United States eased its policy on gay and bisexual men donating blood on Thursday due to rising concerns about blood supplies during the coronavirus crisis.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, said it was reducing a 12-month ban on men who have had sex with men to three months.
“This guidance is being implemented without prior public comment because the FDA has determined that prior public participation for this guidance is not feasible or appropriate,” the FDA said in a statement.
The announcement came after a long-running campaign by LGBT+ rights groups and some U.S. lawmakers for parity with heterosexuals regarding blood donations. (Reporting by Matthew Lavietes; Editing by Belinda Goldsmith and Hugo Greenhalgh. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers the lives of people around the world who struggle to live freely or fairly. Visit http://news.trust.org)
 

JoyJoyJoy

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The article says rising concerns about blood supplies during the coronavirus crisis.
I wonder why more blood products will be needed? Maybe platelets? People with sepsis need those sometimes.
Or people that usually give blood will be unable to give? Perhaps sick?
Also wonder if a person with Covid19 gives blood, will the recipient get it??
 

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The article says rising concerns about blood supplies during the coronavirus crisis.
I wonder why more blood products will be needed? Maybe platelets? People with sepsis need those sometimes.
Or people that usually give blood will be unable to give? Perhaps sick?
Also wonder if a person with Covid19 gives blood, will the recipient get it??
Just what a Covid patient would need...immune deficient blood, when those with immunodeficiencies are at high risk.
 

Kerbluey

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The article says rising concerns about blood supplies during the coronavirus crisis.
I wonder why more blood products will be needed? Maybe platelets? People with sepsis need those sometimes.
Or people that usually give blood will be unable to give? Perhaps sick?
Also wonder if a person with Covid19 gives blood, will the recipient get it??
I think it’s that the existing supply is dwindling and not being restocked. Interesting question about an infected person passing it on. There have been cases of rabies being passed on by organ donors. That’s pretty horrifying.
 

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o_O Oh God, please let me not ever need a blood or transfusion.
Especially since we have already had the greatest Blood transfusion of sorts...
Revelation 1:5 KJVS
[5] And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
 
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