Blood drive offering 20-minute HIV testing

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — In 1977, the Food and Drug Administration banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

That ban is still in place, but a nationwide effort is trying to change that ban.

Anyone driving past LifeSouth Blood Bank on Lakeshore Parkway saw the local effort.

The bus parked outside reads advertises 20-minute HIV testing.

The idea is to give potential donors proof they don’t have HIV before entering the clinic.

“All communities can contract this disease, and we want to show just because of our sexual orientation doesn’t mean we should be banned from giving blood and helping save lives,” Walter Henson said.

More information can be found by clicking here.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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