The FDA bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood. But efforts are underway to change this

By Mark Brodie
Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 12:12pm
Updated: Friday, February 18, 2022 - 7:53am

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Jimmy Thomason
Jimmy Thomason
Jimmy Thomason

The Red Cross says it’s experiencing its worst blood shortage in more than a decade.

Last month, Arizona-based Vitalant said it was dealing with a two-year low blood supply. It’s in this context that Arizona Congressman Greg Stanton is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to end the policy of not allowing men who have sex with men to donate blood. 

Jimmy Thomason is executive director of Aunt Rita’s Foundation, a Phoenix-based group with the goal of ending HIV and AIDS.

The Show spoke with to learn his reaction to Stanton's aims.

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