Wednesday, July 27, 2016

FDA open to comment on MSM lingering one-year deferral on blood donations


The Food and Drug Administration is opening a docket for comment on the one year deferral policy for MSM  -- that is, a man must not have had actual sex with another man for twelve months as well as remain HIV-negative for all known blood tests.

It’s arguable that being in a monogamous relationship with both partners negative for a sufficient time would work.

Other diseases, such as Hepatitis C as well as B, and even Zika might be transmissible, but none of these have become known as particular problems in the MSM community.

The Washington Blade has a story July 26 by Chris Johnson here.

No doubt, the large community response in Orlando after the Pulse attack from non-gay people certainly called attention to the lingering ban.

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