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Restrictions On Gay And Bisexual Men From Donating Blood Ended

Restrictions On Gay And Bisexual Men From Donating Blood Ended:

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ended the longstanding restrictions on gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

  • The prohibition was first implemented during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and has been long decried as discriminatory by the LGBTQI+ community and its supporters.
  • New guidelines is
    • Donors have to answer a questionnaire and they will be screened based on their recent sexual activity rather than their sexual orientation or sex.
    • Have done away with the three-month deferral period for monogamous MSM, but it stays in place for those who have had new or multiple partners in the past three months.
  • The new changes have been introduced to boost blood donations across the US and address the discriminatory nature of the existing policy.
  • In India Transgenders, gay people, and female sex workers aren’t allowed to donate blood.
  • This is according to clauses 12 and 51 of the ‘Guidelines for Blood Donor Selection & Blood Donor Referral, 2017’ issued by the National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) and the National Aids Control Organisation on October 11, 2017.