The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reconsidering its current ban on allowing homosexual men who have been sexually active within the past year to donate blood.
On Tuesday, the FDA announced that it was opening up a public comment period about the issue, advising that it is considering switching from a time-based policy to a personal risk-based assessment.
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is establishing a public docket for comment on the Agency’s blood donor deferral recommendations for reducing the risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission,” the notice issued by the administration outlines.
“Interested persons are invited to submit comments, supported by scientific evidence such as data from research, regarding potential blood donor deferral policy options to reduce the risk of HIV transmission, including the feasibility of moving from the existing time-based deferrals related to risk behaviors to alternate deferral options, such as the use of individual risk assessments,” it continues. Full report