On July 12th, Sam Gavzy helped organize a NY gay blood drive.
Men were tested for HIV, he said, then went to their local blood banks and were turned away.
“I think this is an important time to put pressure on the FDA,” said Gavzy.
The Director of NY Blood Center Special Donor Services, Debra Kessler, said they regularly turn away men who’ve had sex with men. The center supports a review of this policy.
“Sometimes we get pushback from college campuses where they don’t feel we should be collecting blood on college campuses,” said Kessler.