FDA Recommends Ending Lifetime Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men

December 23, 2014 6:26 PM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified.

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it favors replacing the blanket ban with a new policy barring donations from men who have had gay sex in the previous year. FDA officials said that policy is supported by research and would put the U.S. in-line with other countries including Australia, J...

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