Public Health Champions

Virtual Forum

FDA BLOOD BAN FOR GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN DONORS

Please join us Thursday, May 19th, 2022 at 6:00 PM for our next Public Health Champions Virtual Forum. We will be discussing the FDA’s current blood donor restrictions targeting gay and bisexual men. We believe the FDA’s current ban preventing sexually active gay and bisexual men from donating blood is discriminatory and seen by many in the medical community as unnecessarily obstructive to the nation’s crucial blood supply.

Restrictions on gay and bisexual men donating blood stem from the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. As LGBTQ+ advocates, Utah AIDS Foundation stands with more than two dozen members of Congress in calling on the Food and Drug Administration to further ease donor restrictions. The institutionalized stigma of HIV and of gay and bisexual men is unwarranted and harmful.

Forum panelists include Troy Willams, Executive Director of Equality Utah, Utah State Senator Derek Kitchen, and Matt Bryan, Associate Medical Director of LGBTQ+ Health at Intermountain Healthcare and Utah AIDS Foundation Trustee.

The Red Cross recently declared that the recent surge in Covid-19 cases had fueled the “worst blood shortage in more than a decade.” Please join us for this relevant and serious discussion.

This event will be virtual, please email Chelsey Alberico with questions. 
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Event Information

Event Date May 19, 2022 6:00 pm
Event End Date May 19, 2022 7:00 pm
Individual Price Free

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