On the heels of the devastating coronavirus pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other experts are urging Americans to consider the benefits of donating blood.
In a statement Thursday, the AAP said it was committed to providing safe, reliable, and ethical options for donors.
It noted that blood donations provide crucial health care for millions of people and said it would continue to evaluate and provide information on the use of donated blood in conjunction with other medical and health services.
The American Academy for Pediatricians and Adolescent Medicine says that the CDC guidelines for blood donation are the best available for all patients, regardless of their race, sex, age, or sexual orientation.
The statement also notes that many people are comfortable with the idea of donating their blood, including gay men and lesbians, those with pre-existing conditions, those in certain types of nursing homes, and patients with certain types or conditions.
But many people have different preferences and have no interest in donating blood, said Dr. William Miller, chairman of the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Blood Donation.
“I would encourage people to consider what their preference is and make a decision about whether they would like to donate or not,” Miller said.
“And that is going to depend on what is available in their community.”
The American Heart Association recommends that all men and women who have ever had sex with men be asked to donate blood, regardless if they have a history of HIV infection or not.
But the American Society of Clinical Oncology says that many men do not donate because they don’t think they need it, or don’t want to be responsible for it.
The CDC guidelines do not require people to disclose any health information.