By the numbers: Gay blood donation ban The GA Voice Editors June 11, 2010 National 1 Times for a man to have had sex with another man since 1977 in order to be permanently banned from donating blood 1 Years that a person who has had heterosexual sex with someone who is HIV-positive is banned from giving blood 27 Years since the lifetime ban on gay male blood donors was instituted in 1983, during the height of the HIV epidemic. 219,000 Estimated pints that would be added to the US blood supply per year if the gay ban is lifted 2 Times the Food & Drug Administration has reconsidered the gay blood ban. In 2000 and 2006, the FDA decided to keep the policy; it is set to be studied again in meetings June 10-11. Sources: CNN, HRC, The Body.com, Williams Institute SHARE ON Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website − two = 5 Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.