FDA plans looser blood donation policy for gay men

December 23, 2014 6:47 PM

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(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday that it plans to change its blood donor policy recommendation to allow gay men to donate blood one year after their last sexual contact.

The FDA's proposed policy would replace its current stance, which backs indefinite deferral for this group as part of its policies aimed at protecting the nation's blood supplies. It said the move puts the policy in line with that of other men and women who are at increased risk for HIV infection.

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