Last month we learned that the FDA will be taking steps towards lifting the ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM). The ban has been in place since 1983 and denies any men who have had sex with other men, at any point, since 1977. You can read more about the FDA Ban here
When the announcement was made in December I was thrilled for the LGBQT community who has constantly fought this ban through the years, thrilled for public health, excited what for what this means for our blood banks, and happy that the FDA was removing the ban and getting rid of the discrimination. But there was, and still is, a snag in the ban lift.