FDA considers allowing gay men to donate blood

December 3, 2014 3:09 AM

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RICHMOND, Va. — The Food and Drug Administration may end its long-standing 1983 policy that bans men who have had sex with other men from donating blood, as long as the sex did not happen in the 12 months prior to donation.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Bill Harrison, the Executive Director of the Gay Community Center of Richmond, said.

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