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News From the Food and Drug Administration
February 16, 2016

Blood Donor Ban Is Eliminated

JAMA. 2016;315(7):648. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0467

The FDA has finalized a recommendation to lift its lifetime ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood, a policy that dated back more than 30 years to the HIV/AIDS epidemic’s early days.

In its place, the agency now recommends that gay and bisexual men refrain from donating blood for 12 months after their last sexual contact with another man (http://1.usa.gov/1NHsc0O). The new guideline now aligns with recommendations for other men and women at increased risk for HIV infection, such as those who recently received a blood transfusion or were accidentally exposed to another person’s blood.

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