Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Gay Blood Donors Ban Eased

The Food & Drug Administration has decided to ease restrictions on its 31 year ban on gay blood donors. Scott Campbell, Executive Director for the Elton John AIDS Foundation stated, “The Elton John AIDS Foundation is pleased that the FDA has taken a first step to lift the antiquated ban prohibiting gay men from donating blood. This announcement represents a long overdue shift in the public health field’s perception of gay men. While we urge the FDA to fully discard its ban, this step underscores what we have always believed: that all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, should be allowed to help people in need. It’s part of ending stigma against LGBT Americans & is simply the right thing to do.” The Elton John AIDS Foundation also just recently awarded more than $3.2 million in grants that specifically address LGBT people of color & people living with HIV/AIDS in the South. Sir Elton John created EJAF over 20 years ago, first in the United States in 1992 & then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through hard work & help of kind, amazing, creative & generous friends & supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $300 million over the past 2 decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment & services & motivate governments to end AIDS. Listen to Scott Campbell talk about EJAF in this exclusive audio interview from last spring:

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