FDA Reconsiders Their Ban On Gay Blood Donors

December 1, 2014 10:47 PM

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Federal policies barring any man who had ever had sex with a man from donating blood began in 1983 as the HIV/AIDS crisis ravaged parts of the U.S. Today, in an age of highly effective blood testing and much lower transmission rates, the regulations feel more like a relic of gay panic than a public safety measure.

This week, the Food and Drug Administration will consider recommendations from the American Medical Association, the Department of Health and Human Services and numerous gay advocacy groups to adjust the rules that prohibit blood donation by any man who has had sex with another man since 1977. Trans...

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