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His husband woke up, couldn’t feel his legs and died in his arms. Now he fights to get a blood ban lifted in honor of his partner.

Jeff Graham and his husband have been at the frontlines of issues facing gay men since the 80s. But he is now in the battle to eliminate the blood ban alone.

Ciara Bri'd Frisbie, Francis Abbey, Meredith Sheldon (11Alive), Madison Carter, Erin Peterson, Thais Ackerman

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Published: 3:20 PM CDT May 2, 2022
Updated: 6:45 PM CDT May 3, 2022

Since the rise of America's AIDS epidemic in the 80s, the FDA has banned men who have sex with men from donating blood. The rules have slightly been modified over time, but many believe the stipulations are based in bias. This is Episode 3 of a three-part series that explores the history of the blood ban, and the efforts to end it.