Gay and bisexual men would be able to donate blood under rule change

More gay and bisexual men would be able to donate blood as FDA moves to ease restrictions

Jan 27, 2023 by CBS News

Key Facts

  • U.S. Updated on: January 27, 2023 / 11:51 AM / CBS/AP The U.S. is moving to ease restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men and other groups that traditionally face higher risks of HIV.
  • The U.S. and many other countries started blocking blood donations from gay and bisexual men during the early 1980s AIDS epidemic, aiming to prevent the spread of HIV through the blood supply.
  • It puts us in line with the other countries in the world that have moved to the most inclusive policies that could be supported by the available science," said Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, during the agency's Friday news conference.
  • It will take several months for blood banks to make the changes, according to Cliff Numark, an executive with Vitalant, a blood center that participated in the study.

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