By Chris Johnson
Faced with tremendous pressure during the coronavirus crisis to lift its policy barring gay men from donating blood, the Food & Drug Administration announced on Thursday it has eased the restrictions.
While the previous policy, established in 2015, barred men who have had sex with men in the 12 months from making a donation, the new policy would shorten the deferral period, requiring abstinence […]
— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) April 2, 2020
.@US_FDA announced plans today to change the deferral period for blood donations from men who have sex with men from 12 months to 3 months. While this step is a sign of progress, we urge the FDA to lift this discriminatory ban in full. https://t.co/DcHK4NWVMG
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 2, 2020
I appreciate that the @US_FDA heard our concerns about the discriminatory blood donation ban for gay & bisexual men. This decision is a step in the right direction, but I'll keep pushing until our blood donation policy is truly science-based & equitable. https://t.co/N39M3b6kzD
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) April 2, 2020