EUGENE, Ore. — Students at the University of Oregon will call for a change on a decades-old federal policy that prohibits gay men from donating blood.
The ban was issued 31 years ago out of fear of AIDS, but some students say the ban is outdated.
When it was issued in 1983, there were no means of testing for HIV and AIDS. Now, it’s as simple as a mouth swab. Supporters of the change say the federal policy violates the university’s anti-discrimination policy.
“We can all realize that this is an outdated rule and it is discriminatory, so we are just letting the federal government know that it’s not okay to be violating our campus policies and discriminating against our friends,” says Robert Morus, Founder of UO Blood Equality.
Wednesday, the Associated Students of the University of Oregon, which is comprised of student representatives, will vote on a resolution to require all blood drives on campus to inform donors of the policy, ask students to be given the option to make their donation in honor of those who cannot, and sign a letter to Oregon’s congressional delegation asking them to take a stand on the issue.
The vote takes place in the Walnut Room in the EMU on the University of Oregon Campus at 7 p.m.