West Craven High students want FDA to change rules on gay men blood donations

Two Craven County high school students want the FDA to change the rules for gay men who want to donate blood.

Brianna Culler, 16, started the petition after her friend, Travi Massey, was turned away from a blood drive at West Craven High School. The 17-year-old admitted he had sexual contact with another man in the past year, according to a news release from Care2.

While the FDA recently relaxed it's ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, it is proposing to allow the donations only if they have abstained from sexual activity with other men for 12 months.

"I felt unequal when it happened," said Massey. "I'm just as likely as anyone else to have HIV or an STD, so I thought it was unfair."

So far the petition has more than 12,200 signatures and has a goal of 13,000.

They hope to present the petition to the FDA before the July 14th deadline for comments on the rule change.

Here is a link to the petition.