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FDA Is Poised to Ease Blood-Donor Restrictions for Gay Men (1)

Nov. 30, 2022, 10:45 PM

US regulators are poised to ease restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men that have been in place since the global HIV outbreak began in the 1980s.

The Food and Drug Administration said results from an agency-funded study “will likely support a policy transition to individual risk-based donor screening questions for reducing the risk of HIV transmission.” Under current policy, all men who have had sex with men in the past three months are ineligible to donate.

The agency expects to release updated draft guidance in the coming months, which will incorporate findings from the study and consider ...