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September 16, 2013

Despite pressure, ban on gay blood donors endures

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Katz says activists campaigning for change would be wise to solicit input from groups representing hemophiliacs and other users of blood banks whose overriding goal is to keep the blood supply safe.

The past president of one of those groups, the World Federation of Hemophilia, says he'd be open to changes in current policy if they are based on authoritative research.

"What we support very much is a review of the policy," said Mark Skinner, the federation's president from 2004 to 2012. "We want to move toward a system that reduces discrimination but does not increase risk."

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Online:

FDA's blood-donation policy: http://1.usa.gov/abDtlk

Joint statement from blood-supply groups: http://bit.ly/19kPlnb

Joint letter from members of Congress to HHS: http://1.usa.gov/1cwz1Ci

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