Gays and bisexuals across the US will now be able to donate blood for the first time since 1985.
The Food and Drug Administration released draft regulations removing a blanket ban that prevented gay men, who has had sex with any man since 1977, from donating blood.
The new proposal allows gays to donate blood if they have abstained from same-sex relations for at least one year.
The one year clause is in line with the procedure for people who have had heterosexual sex with an HIV-infected partner, an intravenous drug user, a sex worker, and traveller who have been to Africa.
Australia, Sweden, Britain and Japan, have already adopted one-year deferral policies for gay and bisexual men, Los Angeles Times
LGBT, the American Red Cross, AABB and America’s Blood Centers — the three groups that supply nearly all of the US’ need of blood — have always opposed the ban.
The American Medical Association had voted against the ban in 2014, calling it “discriminatory and not based on sound science”. The ban was instated because of the high prevalence of HIV positive individuals in gay and bisexual men.