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Lifting Ban for Blood Donations from Gay Men

Lifting Ban for Blood Donations from Gay Men

The FDA has recommended lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men.  ABC News reported that FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg released a statement regarding the proposal, indicating that the move could increase the nation’s blood supply by 4% a year (12/23, story 7, 0:15, Muir).   The FDA statement goes on to explain that the proposal comes with recommendations from an independent expert advisory panel and the HHS Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability .

The FDA report concludes that modern blood screening techniques mean that there is no longer need for a ban on blood donations from gay men, the Wall Street Journal reports (12/24, Burton, Subscription Publication). Current blood screening techniques are able to find HIV in one unit of blood as early as 9 days after a donor was exposed to the virus, according to MSNBC (12/24).  The FDA also indicated that, along with the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, it will put in place a monitoring system to detect any effects that the proposed change has and to ensure the continued safety of the nation’s blood supply.

Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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