Live Q&A: Should Low-Risk Gay Men Be Allowed To Donate Blood?

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Apr 18, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Online

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Join the live online discussion HERE at www.washingtonpost.com

ABOUT THE TOPIC

Sexually active gay men are prohibited for life from donating blood in the United States due to the risk of HIV transmission. Some activists argue that advances in blood-screening techniques make the lifetime ban outdated and discriminatory. But scientists, even many who support the ban, think that the safety of the blood supply trumps any such concern. In a nation facing a continuing shortage of donated blood, should the federal policy be changed? Medical writer Laura Ungar will discuss the issue online Wed, April 18th at Noon EDT.

ABOUT THE HOST

Laura Ungar

Laura Ungar, the Courier-Journal’s medical writer, has been a journalist for over 20 years and has won national, regional and local awards for her work in Connecticut, Delaware and Kentucky. Ungar lives in Louisville with her husband, Stu, and two children.