This is not an issue of descrimination but of protecting the safety of the blood supply. Patients who require a blood transfusion are usually critically ill. We will compromise their health even further if we do not provide the safest, most potent product available. The FDA is mandated to mitigate risks to prevent harm to patients. There is scientific evidence to support the ban of gay male blood donors. Gay men shouldn’t take this personal. There are numerous disqualifying criteria for donating blood such as foreign travel, medications, and various medical conditions. None of these people need not take their deferral personally.If we start lifting bans for the sake of hurt feelings we would be in serious trouble. If you were in need of a blood transfusion would you feel comfortable receiving it from a donor who travelled in a dengue fever area, or a donor who has cancer, or in this case a donor who may possibly be HIV positive? I’m personally thankful that the FDA has mitigated this from happening with their stringent guidelines.