LGBTQ Advocates Criticize FDA Gay Blood Donor Policy Change
The FDA recommends getting rid of a decades-long ban prohibiting gay men from donating blood, but gay rights groups say the proposal isn't enough.By Christian Bryant | December 23, 2014
Gay rights groups criticized the FDA Tuesday following the agency's recommendation to remove a decades-long ban preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood, saying the policy change isn't enough.
The agency said in a press release it recommends changing the blood donor policy "for men who have sex with men from indefinite deferral to one year since the last sexual contact." That means gay men who've been celibate for a year would be able to donate blood.
The FDA says its recommendation to reconsider the ban comes after a review of newer scientific evidence, although the release doesn't say what evidence led to the change.