Allowing blood donations from gay men could help save over a million lives: U.S. study

September 19, 2014 8:53 PM

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Allowing blood donations from gay men could help save over a million lives: U.S. study

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the amount of available blood by hundreds of thousands of pints (liters) each year and save more than a million lives a year, a California study showed on Friday.

The U.S. Federal Drug Administration has banned gay men from donating blood since 1983, when it was discovered that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was being transmitted through transfusions.

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