by Marlo Safi, The Daily Caller
The Food and Drug Administration revised its guidelines to allow gay men to donate blood as the coronavirus pandemic is straining America’s blood supply, Bloomberg reported recently.
The guidelines initially allowing gay men to donate blood only after refraining from sexual contact for a year were revised to allow gay men to donate after three months. The FDA said experience in other countries like the UK, where three-month deferrals and improved testing are implemented, led the agency to make the change, according to Bloomberg.
Democratic senators penned a letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, urging the agency to update its 12-month deferral policy and called it “stigmatizing” and “discriminatory,” ABC News reported.
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