FDA Eases Restrictions on Blood Donations, Allowing More Gay Men to Give in US


ay and bisexual men in monogamous relationships can donate blood in the U.S. without abstaining from sex, under a federal policy finalized Thursday by health regulators.


he Food and Drug Administration guidelines ease decades-old restrictions designed to protect the blood supply from HIV. The agency announced plans for the change in January and said this week the new approach can now be implemented by blood banks.


he updated guidelines do away with a requirement that men who have sex with men abstain from sex for three months prior to giving blood. I


stead, all potential donors — regardless of sexual orientation,

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