US drops lifetime ban on gay men donating blood

时间:2019-02-26 03:10:04166网络整理admin

BLOOD donation guidelines in the US are becoming more inclusive. The US Food and Drug Administration now recommends that gay and bisexual men should be permitted to donate blood – provided they haven’t had sex in over a year. Although clinics can still decide whether or not to follow the recommendations, the change brings the FDA into line with regulatory bodies in the UK and Australia. Men who have sex with men have been “indefinitely deferred” from donating blood in the US since 1983. The controversial policy was brought in as a response to the risk of HIV transmission via transfusions. The FDA cited recent epidemiological data as the motivation for the change. The news received mixed reactions from the gay community. In a public statement, the National Gay Blood Drive, an activist group,