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January 2015
POLICY AND ADVOCACY
FDA Moves to Replace Lifetime MSM Blood Donation Ban with One-Year Deferral

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in December that it would replace its 30-year lifetime ban on blood donation by men who have sex with men (MSM) with a one-year deferral period. This move comes more than a decade after HIVMA took a stand against the agency's policy and recommended a six-month deferral based on risk behavior rather than sexual orientation. In response to the FDA announcement, HIVMA acknowledged that this progress represents a first step, but also emphasized that further work is needed to develop a policy that is scientifically sound. The FDA is expected to issue its full policy proposal for public comment in the coming months. 

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