FDA moves to ease rules for blood donations from gay men

AP Health Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. plans to make it easier for gay and bisexual men to give blood.

The Food and Drug Administration proposed easing restrictions on groups that typically face higher risks of HIV.

The agency wants to drop the three-month abstinence requirement for donations from men who have sex with men. Donors would instead be screened with a questionnaire that evaluates individual risks for HIV, including sexual behavior.

As a result, gay and bisexual men in monogamous relationships could soon be able to donate blood for the first time in decades.

The U.S. and other countries began restricting blood donations during the AIDS crisis of the early 1980s.

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1/27/2023 4:47:55 PM (GMT -5:00)

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