Posted: 1:23 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014

Salon to host drive as part of National Gay Blood Drive

PITTSBURGH —

Cities across the United States are holding blood drives as part of the National Gay Blood Drive.

The National Gay Blood Drive was created by filmmaker and activist Ryan James Yeza as a way to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change their policies.

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Since 1983, the FDA has banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The ban was instituted shortly after the start of AIDS and officials say it has been left in place since that time.

>>Video: Organizers speak about the National Gay Blood Drive

Gay or bisexual men will not be allowed to donate at the events. Instead, eligible donors are being asked to give in their place in what officials say is a way of showing how many more blood donors could be available if the ban were to be lifted.

In the Pittsburgh area, Studio Raw, a hair salon, will be holding a drive on Monday afternoon.

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