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Wisconsin senator pushes to allow gay men to donate blood

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STEVENS POINT, WI (WREX) — Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin is leading the charge in Washington to get rid of a ban on gay men donating blood.

She and 84 other Democratic leaders sent a leader to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week against the ban. The letter said the ban creates "an atmosphere that promotes discrimination." The senators argue donors should not be screened solely on their health and not on their sexual orientation.

The United States has banned gay men from donating blood since the emergency of HIV and AIDS in the 1980s. The policy was put in place due to gay men having a higher rate of infection and the transmission of the virus through blood transfusions.

 

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