Amid U.S. Blood Shortage, New Pressure to Ease Donor Rules for Gay Men
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FRIDAY, Jan. 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A three-month sexual abstinence rule for blood donations from sexually active gay and bisexual men should be dropped by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, critics urge as the country struggles with a blood shortage.

Right now, based on the slight chance of infection with HIV, men who have sex with men must abstain from sex with other men for 90 days before being eligible to donate blood. It's a rule that's considered discriminatory by advocates and viewed by many in the medical community as an unnecessary roadblock to blood donation, NBC News reported.

This article originally ran on consumer.healthday.com.

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