FDA rethinking ban on blood donations by men who had sex with men

(Reuters) – Men who have had sex with other men will be allowed to donate blood under some conditions if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalizes “draft guidance” published on Tuesday. Men who have had sex with another man (MSMs) even once since 1977 are banned from donating blood in the United States as they are recognized to be at a higher risk of contracting HIV. If approved, the ban on blood donations would be lifted for those who have not had sex with another man in prior 12 months. The FDA may then also seek expert recommendations before making a final decision.
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