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The Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood Might Be Going Away

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday posted a request for public comment on what alternative blood donor deferral policies could look like, signaling the possibility that longstanding restrictions on gay blood donations may be lifted.

Currently, gay men are prohibited from donating blood in the United States unless they are abstinent for one year. The notice, posted on the Federal Register, signifies the agency is open to reconsidering its current ban, and is seeking other options.

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