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Blood donations were needed following the Pulse nightclub mass shooting. Here’s why so many were turned away

Experts say policies keeping nearly 615,000 pints of blood from gay and bisexual men out of America's blood supply are based on fear not fact.

Ciara Bri'd Frisbie, Meredith Sheldon (11Alive), Thais Ackerman, Francis Abbey, Madison Carter, Erin Peterson

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Published: 3:19 PM CDT May 2, 2022
Updated: 4:19 PM CDT May 2, 2022

Since the rise of America's AIDS epidemic in the 80s, the FDA has banned men who have sex with men from donating blood. The rules have slightly been modified over time, but many believe the stipulations are biased. This is Episode 2 of a three-part series that explores the history of the blood ban, and the efforts to end it.

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