F.D.A. Ends Ban, Allowing Some Blood Donations by Gay Men

December 21, 2015 9:33 PM

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F.D.A. Ends Ban, Allowing Some Blood Donations by Gay Men

Following up on a preliminary recommendation it made a year ago, the Food and Drug Administration said on Monday that the agency would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men.

The agency continued to bar men who have had sex with men in the past year, however, saying that the measure was needed to keep the blood supply safe.

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