However, the agency will continue to ban men who have had sex with a man in the last year, saying the barrier is necessary to keep the blood supply safe, a move that frustrated rights groups that were pushing for the ban to be removed entirely. The F. At the time, little was known about the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes the disease, and there was no quick test to determine whether somebody had it. But science — and the understanding of H. On Tuesday the F.
Blood donation restrictions on men who have sex with men
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The FDA has revisited its donor deferral recommendations to reduce the risk of transmitting human immunodeficiency virus HIV several times over the past 10 years. In , the ACBSA found that the deferral policy for men who have had sex with other men MSM was suboptimal and it recommended that studies be conducted to better inform a potential policy change. For other behavioral deferrals such as commercial sex workers and injection drug use, insufficient data are available to support a change to the existing deferral recommendations at this time. FDA is also changing its deferral recommendation rationale for those who have hemophilia or related clotting disorders. Due to the enhanced safety measures now used in the manufacture of clotting factor concentrates, FDA no longer considers those products a risk for HIV. The rationale for deferral of individuals with hemophilia or related clotting factor disorders has changed from preventing HIV transmission to ensuring that such donors are not harmed by the use of large bore needles during the blood donation process. Additionally, the Agency is no longer recommending deferral for individuals who have had sex with someone who has used clotting factor concentrates.
The Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood Might Be Going Away
CNN Of the hundreds of people lining up around the block to donate blood to the victims of the Orlando shooting, one group was not required. If you can get out and donate blood in Orlando, please do on my behalf. America won't change gun laws, but can we use this to talk about why gay men with very low risk lives are not allowed to donate blood? All FDA guidelines remain in effect for blood donation. There are false reports circulating that FDA rules were being lifted.
The recommendation changes the current guidance, which is that any man who have ever had sex with another man in his entire life should never be able to donate blood. The FDA also handed a victory to transgender people, saying donors may choose how to identify their sex. The reason for banning donations by men who have sex with other men is simple: they are at much higher risk of becoming infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, as well as other viruses such as hepatitis B and C.