FDA Outlines Change On Lifetime Blood Ban From Gay Men
The FDA released new guidelines that end its longstanding policy barring gay men from donating blood, but critics say it's still behind the times.By Kate Grumke | May 12, 2015
Tuesday the Food and Drug Administration released the outline of its new guidelines for blood donations from gay men.
The drafted recommendations would make it possible for men who have had sex with men to donate blood for the first time in 30 years, but that's only if they haven't had sex with another man for a year. (Video via American Red Cross)
According to the FDA's recommendation, 7 percent of men report they have ever had sex with another man. That number goes down to 4 percent with men who have had sex with another man in the past five years.