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FDA to ease longtime ban on blood donations from gay men
FDA to ease longtime ban on blood donations from gay men

For the first time since the early days of the AIDS epidemic, gay and bisexual men will be permitted to donate blood under rules set for release next year by the Food and Drug Administration. Officials at the federal agency said Tuesday that they would relax their long-standing ban on donations from men who have had sex with another man at least once since 1977. Instead, these men will be allowed to roll up their sleeves if they are free of HIV and have not engaged in homosexual activity for at least one year. Though less visible than the struggle to allow gays to serve openly in the military or the effort to legalize same-sex marriage, the campaign to end the 31-year ban on blood...

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