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Banned Blood: Lifetime deferral for gay & bisexual men

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MADISON (WKOW) -- With a constant need for blood donations, some question why a certain population would be banned from donating, even if they're willing and healthy.

Gay and bisexual men haven't been allowed to donate blood since the mid-1980s, regardless of their HIV status or their risk of the disease.

"A lot of people don't know about the policy," says Blake Lynch, a gay man who went to donate one day to save the life of his friend. He and his partner Brett started an organization to bring awareness. "We're gay men and we didn't know about it. The younger generation doesn't know because they're not donating blood that much. We're trying to create that public pressure."

Tonight at 10, Dani Maxwell looks at the ban, the national organizations that have come out against it, and why the FDA hasn't changed its rules in nearly 30 years.

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