Emerging ADVANCE study works to eliminate blood ban for gay, bisexual men

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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. The FDA is currently funding new research that could eliminate the ban all together. It's called the ADVANCE Study, which stands for Assessing Donor Variability And New Concepts in Eligibility. The study aims to evaluate alternatives to the blood donor deferral policy for gay and bisexual men by changing the questions blood donors are asked. Subscribe to 11Alive for exclusive content: http://bit.ly/11AliveSubscribe 11Alive is Where Atlanta Speaks. We believe that news shouldn’t be a one-way conversation, but a dialogue with you. Join in, share your thoughts and connect with new perspectives. Follow 11Alive on Social: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/11Alive/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/11AliveNews Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/11Alive/
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