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'We have the same blood as you' | Emerging study works to eliminate blood ban for gay, bisexual men

The ADVANCE Study aims to evaluate alternatives to the blood donor deferral policy for gay and bisexual men.

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: 12:43 PM CDT May 4, 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 1 of a three-part series that explores the history of the blood ban, and the efforts to end it.