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article imageCampbell Mayor rejected from donating blood because he is gay

By Stan Rezaee     Aug 2, 2013 in Health
Campbell - Campbell Mayor Evan Low along with and Vice Mayor Rich Waterman were rejected from donating blood at a blood drive the city was hosting because they are openly gay.
Mayor Low was rejected from donating blood because of a ban imposed by the FDA in 1983 in response to the AIDS epidemic.
The FDA has defended the ban by claiming that testing blood samples are not always accurate. However many including Mayor Low consider the policy to discriminatory against the LGBT community since a heterosexual donors could carry the same risks.
“We are in 2013 and we use science to determine the criteria for tainted blood,” said Low. It's very important that we look at behavior and using science instead of a discriminatory policy.”
For years the Red Cross has been advocating the FDA to change its policy because gay donors who are monogamous have a low risk of being HIV positive.
This is not the first time the FDA ban on gays donating blood has caused an uproar in the Bay Area. San Jose State University suspended all blood drives on campus back in 2008 until the FDA lifts the ban. The decision was criticized by the Stanford Blood Center as being misguided and devastating to local blood supplies.
Evan Low is one of the youngest mayors in America and of the most influential politicians in the Bay Areas LGBT community.
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