FDA Proposes New Guidelines for Gay Blood Donors

Thursday, May 14, 2015



The Food and Drug Administration is proposing relaxing its blood donation guidelines for gay and bisexual men. Currently, there is a full ban against men who have had sex with men from donating blood.  Under the proposed recommendations, they would be able to donate after abstaining from sex for a year.  The recommendations are now under a 60-day public comment period.  Later on, the F-D-A will issue its final rules.  Gay rights advocates have called the ban discriminatory.  Many L-G-B-T advocates don’t agree with the new policy – Because someone in a monogamous gay relationship would still be banned. 


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