Panel: Too Many Risks to Lift Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men

Members of an advisory panel on blood safety are arguing it would be risky to lift a 1980s-era ban on blood donations by gay men.

The experts who advise the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are pushing back as the agency reviews whether to lift the ban.

“There’s too many questions in science that aren’t answerable,” said Corey Dubin, a member of the committee and founder of an HIV/AIDS advocacy organization called Committee of Ten Thousand.

“With the science so far, it’s a leap of faith,” he said.

The group’s skepticism contrasts with a Health and Human Services Department panel, which voted nearly unanimously to ease the policy earlier this fall.