FDA Proposes Lifting Lifetime Ban for Gay and Bisexual Men Who Want to Donate Blood

December 25, 2014 3:55 AM

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FDA Proposes Lifting Lifetime Ban for Gay and Bisexual Men Who Want to Donate Blood

Sioux City (ABC9 News) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans on reversing a decades-old rule that bars gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The agency made the announcement Tuesday, citing scientific advancements as part of their reason to lift the lifetime ban.

The ban has been in place since 1983. The law was enacted during the height of the aids epidemic when very little was know about the human immunodefiency virus (HIV). The FDA now plans to reduce the current lifetime restriction to a 12-month period following an individual's last sexual encounter.

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