FDA Proposes New Guidelines for Gay Blood Donors

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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