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FDA lifts lifetime ban on blood donations from gay, bisexual men
Modern Healthcare

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday officially lifted its lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, ending a decades-old policy that health organizations have viewed as outdated and advocates have argued unfairly discriminated against individuals based solely on their sexual orientation.

Under the FDA’s rule, men who have sex with men would be deferred from blood donation for 12 months after their last sexual contact. Women who have sex with men would also be banned from giving blood for the same period if they had sexual contact with a man who has had sex with another man within the past year.

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