Tuesday, December 23, 2014

FDA Proposes End To Lifetime Ban On Gay Blood Donors

Men who haven't had sexual contact with other men in a year will be allowed to donate blood under a policy change the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will recommend.
In a statement, the agency said it had "carefully examined and considered the available scientific evidence" and will "take the necessary steps to recommend a change to the blood donor deferral period for men who have sex with men from indefinite deferral to one year since the last sexual contact."
A draft guidance recommending the proposed change will be issued in 2015, the agency said. There will also be a period of public comment.
A ban on gay and bisexual blood donors has been in effect since the early 1980s when fears about HIV/AIDS were widespread. npr

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