F.D.A. Relaxes Blood Donation Guidelines for Gay Men and Others

Blood donors in Tupelo, Miss., last month.
Adam Robison/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, via Associated Press

Date Published: April 2, 2020

Source: The New York Times

There have been fewer blood donations due to cancelled blood drives in the current COVID-19 pandemic. New recommendations by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) loosen the waiting period for gay and bisexual men to donate blood from one year to three months. The FDA says this new recommendation will remain after the pandemic ends. Previously, gay and bisexual men were prohibited from donating blood because of concerns of HIV. The current recommendation better reflects current diagnostic technology for HIV and replaces what some consider a discriminatory policy.

Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/health/fda-blood-donations-coronavirus.html

Summary by: Jayoti Rana