Ban on 'gay' men lifted

History was made when the Food and Drug Administration in the United States lifted a 32-year-old lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, however major restrictions will remain on who can donate.

The lifetime ban was put in place during the early AIDS crisis.

However, the FDA said earlier this week that the change is "backed by sound science and continues to protect our blood supply", after medical groups and gay activists have long contended that the ban could no longer be justified, based on modern testing methods. 

In place of a 'single brush' ban, officials have now placed a policy barring donations from men who have had sex with another man in the previous year. 

Despite heavy criticism by activists, the FDA's position is in keeping with that of other countries such as Australia and the United Kingdom. 

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