GMHC Report Explores Alternatives to Lifetime MSM Ban
We hope the report will encourage the FDA to revise its guidelines to be more in step with current technology and to avoid reinforcing stigma.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently bans any man who had sex with another man (MSM), even once, since 1977 from donating blood. The policy does not consider the potential donor’s HIV status, frequency or risk of sexual activity, or if he is in a monogamous relationship. Today, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) released a report, A Drive for Change: Reforming U.S. Blood Donation Policies, detailing the history of the policy, efforts towards revision, and analysis of alternative donation criteria.
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