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June 2015
POLICY AND ADVOCACY
Weigh in on FDA Proposed Changes to Blood Donor Deferral Policy
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a proposed guidance document for revising the blood donor deferral criteria, lifting the lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men. However, the new guidance excludes men who have had sex with men within a year from donating blood, and continues an indefinite exclusion for people who inject drugs and commercial sex workers.

HIVMA issued a statement recognizing the proposed criteria as a first step but calling for further evidence-based reforms. HIVMA recommends that blood donor screening procedures be revised to ask all potential donors to exclude themselves if within the previous six months they have tested positive for HIV, engaged in unprotected sex with a partner with HIV or unknown HIV status, or used a syringe not prescribed by a physician.

You can weigh in on the guidance during the 60-day comment period here by searching for "Docket No. 2015-11690." The deadline to comment is July 14.



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