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Will FDA Lift Gay Blood Donor Ban?

Monday, 01 Dec 2014 12:30 PM


The U.S. government's ban on any blood donations from men who've had sex with men will be discussed by a Food and Drug Advisory panel during a two-day meeting that begins Tuesday.
The panel's conclusions will help inform the FDA -- which regulates blood donations -- as it considers whether to lift the total ban.
The ban was implemented more than three decades ago over fears about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. However, there are growing calls from gay rights activists, medical groups and lawmakers to repeal the ban because it is outdated and discriminatory, the Washington Post reported.
Recently, a Department of Health and Human Services advisory group said the ban should be replaced with a 12-month deferral period, which would prohibit blood donations from men who have sex with men in the past year.
That recommendation, along with input from its own advisory panel, will be considered by the FDA, the Post reported.
"They really are out of step with the rest of the world," Glenn Cohen, a Harvard Law School professor, told the Post. In a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Cohen and two colleagues urged the federal government to adopt a new policy.
A number of countries have dropped total bans and replaced them with shorter deferral periods, Cohen said. For example, gay men in Australia, Britain and Japan who want to donate blood must have been abstinent for a year.
 

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