U.S. FDA lifts ban on blood donations from gay men

December 21, 2015 4:24 pm

Federal health officials are lifting the nation’s 32-year-old lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but major restrictions will continue to limit who can donate.

 

The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday it will replace the blanket ban with a new policy barring donations from men who have had sex with a man in the previous year. While the one-year-ban has been criticized by activists it matches policies in other countries, including Australia, Japan and the U.K.

 

Gay rights activists said the new policy is a “step in the right direction,” but falls short.

 

“It continues to stigmatize gay and bisexual men,” said David Stacy, of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest U.S. gay rights group. “It simply cannot be justified in light of current scientific research and updated blood screening technology.”

 

The Canadian Blood Services agency bans donations from gay men who have had sex with another man in the last five years.

 

 

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Source: TheStar.com

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