Gay men get OK to give blood

December 24, 2014 10:40 AM

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The Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that it will scrap a decades-old lifetime ban on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a change that experts said was long overdue and could lift the annual blood supply by as much as 4 percent.

The FDA enacted the ban in 1983, early in the AIDS epidemic. At the time, little was known about HIV, which causes the disease, and there was no quick test to determine whether somebody had it.

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