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US Senator Elizabeth Warren blasts FDA on ‘still discriminatory’ blood donation policy for gay men

US Senator Elizabeth Warren blasts FDA on ‘still discriminatory’ blood donation policy for gay men

US Senator Elizabeth Warren is blasting The US Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to lift its 31 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men as long as they abstain from sex for at least a year.

‘The FDA must commit to building a bigger, safer blood supply through risk-based screening & have courage to set policies based on science,’ the powerful senator from Massachusetts stated via Twitter.

The FDA wants to replace the policy – enacted during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the US – with a one-year deferral that would only permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the past year.

The proposal would treat all sexual relationships between men the same way that heterosexual sex is treated when it involves a commercial sex worker or an individual who is known to be living with HIV.

The current blood donation policy prohibits any man who has had sex with another man, even once, since 1977 from donating blood.