FDA Removes Lifetime Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men

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FDA Removes Lifetime Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on December 21 that its lifting the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The ban has been in place for 32 years, since the AIDS crisis began in the United States, and has been a sore subject of contention for gay activists.
Due to modern testing methods of HIV, the removal of the FDA’s lifetime ban is justified, and has been replaced with “a policy barring donations from men who have had sex with another man in the previous year,” according to an Associated Press, NBC News article.
Source: Associated Press, Food and Drug Administration Lifts Formal Ban on Blood Donations From Gay Men

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