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News: FDA Reveals New Guidelines on Blood Ban

The Advocate: FDA Reveals New Guidelines on Blood Ban Excerpt: The modification of what the FDA called an “indefinite deferral,” or ban, for all MSM stopped short of what other countries have done in lifting what the Human Rights Campaign calls a “medically and scientifically unwarranted” policy. Commentary: Unfortunately, this was not a surprise from […]

New York Times

News: NYT Offers Little Praise to FDA

New York Times: Most Gay Men Still Excluded From Giving Blood Excerpt: Under the new rule, any man who has had sex with another man in the last year may not donate blood. The change would still irrationally exclude many, if not most, adult gay men, including men in monogamous sexual relationships. Read the Full […]

Richard Dedor Statement

Statement: Praise to FDA for Listening to Science

DES MOINES, IOWA — 2005 University of Northern Iowa graduate and former candidate for Mayor of Mason City, Iowa, Richard Dedor has released the following statement regarding the Food & Drug Administration’s action on reducing the gay blood ban: “Thankfully, the FDA today listened to the recommendation of the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Advisory […]

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Reform is a Slow Process

It seems no matter how hard we try, creating positive reform takes longer than any one would like. But slowly, we are moving the conversation on the #GayBloodBan from one of fear to one of science and humanity. Despite the FDA’s reluctance on reforming their policy, I do believe we are edging closer to bringing […]

Richard Dedor Statement

Statement: The FDA’s Failure to Change Fear-Based Policy

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — 2005 University of Northern Iowa graduate and former candidate for Mayor of Mason City, Iowa, Richard Dedor has released the following statement regarding the Food & Drug Administration’s inaction on reducing the gay blood ban: “Despite a mountain of scientific evidence, the FDA will continue their pattern of ignorance rooted […]

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News: Gay Blood Ban Will Remain

The Hill: Panel: Too many risks to lift ban on blood donations by gay men Excerpt: Members of an advisory panel on blood safety are arguing it would be risky to lift a 1980s-era ban on blood donations by gay men. The experts who advise the Food and Drug Administration are pushing back, as the […]

The Hill

Press: FDA Gay Blood Ban Meeting

The Hill, the newspaper for and about Congress, breaking stories from Capitol Hill, K Street and the White House, recently interviewed me for the upcoming meeting about the gay blood ban. Excerpt: As he was filling out the form, he was shocked when he read a question asking if he had had sex with men. […]