Blood donor policy may change to allow gay and bisexual men to be donors

November 30, 2014 1:03 AM

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Blood donor policy may change to allow gay and bisexual men to be donors

As blood banks find themselves desperate for donors during the holiday season, a possible policy change regarding gay and bisexual men under consideration could mean millions of new eligible donors.

Since 1983, the Food and Drug Administration has prohibited any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 - the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the United States - from donating blood because of the group's higher rates of HIV infection. The current version of the policy has been in effect s...

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