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FDA Considering Easing Restrictions on Blood Donations for Gay & Bisexual Men
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FDA Considering Easing Restrictions on Blood Donations for Gay & Bisexual Men

The F.D.A is considering replacing its current prohibition of blood donations by men who have had sex with men in the last three months by implementing a new system that would utilize a personalized risk assessment to determine a person's eligibility to donate blood. Agency officials have revealed that the potential shift comes as the U.S. is suffering through a blood shortage. In a statement made on Wednesday, the F.D.A announced that new data from recent studies would support this transition. The Food and Drug Administration began its prohibition of gay & bisexual men donating blood in the 80’s due to fear of HIV transmission. Gay & bisexual men have been able to donate blood since 2015 as long as they haven’t had sexual contact with other men in the previous year. The period...