FDA To Ease Rules For Blood Donation By Gay Men

Axios reports:

The Food and Drug Administration is weighing a series of moves to make it easier for gay and bisexual men and other individuals to donate blood amid a nationwide blood shortage. The FDA is considering easing blood donor screening restrictions for men who have sex with men that originated during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

An option under discussion is moving from a three-month deferral period to individual risk assessments based on questionnaires about recent sexual activity, the agency confirmed to Axios. Approximately 25% of community blood centers across the U.S. have a one-day supply or less as of Thursday afternoon, according to the America’s Blood Centers

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