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Thirty Years After They Were Banned, Gay Men In US Will Be Able To Donate Blood

Published on 13 May, 2015 at 6:32 pm By

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.


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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.

 

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Australia, Sweden, Britain and Japan, have already adopted one-year deferral policies for gay and bisexual men, Los Angeles Times reports.

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”.

 


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The ban was instated because of the high prevalence of HIV positive individuals in gay and bisexual men.


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