The FDA’s MSM (gay) blood ban further perpetuates the stigma that associates gay men with HIV because of the discrepancies in blood donation restrictions. Homosexuality is placed in the same risk group with prostitution and intravenous drug use, yet heterosexuals who engage in unsafe behavior are allowed to donate after a sufficient waiting period. In fact, the Center for Disease Control estimated that at the end of 2007, more than 571,000 people in the United States were living with HIV/AIDS, but only slightly more than half of those cases were a result of male-to-male sexual contact. The fastest growing risk group was heterosexuals.
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