From the newsroom: How 2 Mass. doctors helped end discrimination against gay men in blood donation

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Happy Labor Day, everyone. Team Common is taking the day to relax. We hope you are, too.

Today, we bring you a story from our friends in the WBUR newsroom.

This story comes from Senior Health Reporter, Priyanka Dayal McCluskey.

For decades, gay men were banned from donating blood in the U.S. based on fears that these donations would spread HIV. But this year, federal officials updated the guidelines.

Dr. Robbie Goldstein, who is the Massachusetts commissioner of public health,  pushed for the change, and was one of the first in the state to donate under these new guidelines.

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Darryl C. Murphy is the host of WBUR's daily news and culture podcast, "The Common."


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