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Thu Apr 2, 2020, 02:06 PM

FDA eases restrictions on gay blood donors amid 'urgent need'

Source: NBC News

CORONAVIRUS

FDA eases restrictions on gay blood donors amid 'urgent need'

The decision to reduce the donation deferral period for men who have sex with men comes as blood drives are being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 2, 2020, 1:39 PM EDT
By Tim Fitzsimons

Amid what it's calling an "urgent need for blood," the Food and Drug Administration revised its blood donor guidelines on Thursday, significantly easing the restrictions on men who have sex with men.

The new guidelines reduce the donation deferral period for sexually active gay and bisexual men from 12 months to three, meaning these otherwise healthy men will now have to abstain from same-sex sexual activity for 90 days before they are eligible to donate blood.

Other 12-month deferral periods have also been shortened under the new guidelines, including those for people who have traveled to areas with certain endemic diseases, those who have engaged in injection drug use and people who have participated in commercial sex work.

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Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/fda-reduces-restrictions-gay-blood-donors-amid-urgent-need-n1175141



Hat tip, Joe.My.God:

FDA Reduces Restrictions On Gay Male Blood Donors

https://www.joemygod.com/2020/04/fda-reduces-restrictions-on-gay-male-blood-donors/

NEW guidance from @US_FDA today on blood donor eligibility to help address the urgent need to #GiveBlood during #COVID19 without compromising the safety of the blood supply.

More: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-provides-updated-guidance-address-urgent-need-blood-during-pandemic Ö


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mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2 OP
dewsgirl Apr 2 #1
CaptYossarian Apr 2 #2
underpants Apr 2 #3
sandensea Apr 2 #5
IronLionZion Apr 2 #6
brewens Apr 2 #7
CaptYossarian Apr 2 #16
underpants Apr 2 #4
IronLionZion Apr 2 #8
underpants Apr 2 #13
Massacure Apr 2 #15
dhill926 Apr 2 #9
angrychair Apr 2 #10
Raven123 Apr 2 #11
geralmar Apr 2 #12
murielm99 Apr 2 #14
ibegurpard Apr 2 #17
Lokilooney Apr 2 #18
littlemissmartypants Apr 8 #19

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 02:07 PM

1. K and R

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 02:12 PM

2. I'll have to send them a calendar.

It isn't 1983 anymore.

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Response to CaptYossarian (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 02:14 PM

3. I thought they did this a few years ago

I guess I was wrong.

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Response to underpants (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 02:22 PM

5. Obama did in fact - but Cheeto reversed the directive as soon as he took office.

Anything to please his Chumpkins.

Roy Cohn must've been looking up from wherever in hell he is, and said: "Good boy, Donald. You learned well."

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Response to sandensea (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 02:27 PM

6. Dems need to take the Senate and pass laws

it's very easy to overturn important directives and executive orders purely out of spite

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Response to sandensea (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 02:29 PM

7. I don't think Obama had much to do with it, but the FDA did it while he was president. Gay rights

activists circulated a huge petition I signed while running a blood drive at the University of Idaho. That just got rid of the lifetime ban. Trump didn't change anything on that that I know of, and I was doing blood donor screenings for the first 18 months he was president.

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Response to underpants (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 06:14 PM

16. This began during the AIDS crisis when all they knew were myths.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 02:16 PM

4. Good. The Mad Cow rule is still in effect in Va.

I called about it a few weeks ago.

If you lived in Europe for more than three months after 1980 (not sure if thereís a cutoff) no giving.
I was in the Army in Germany for 3 years and I told the truth when they asked me.

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Response to underpants (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 02:29 PM

8. Call again and see if they've updated the rules

a lot of Virginians would have served in the military in Europe considering the large Navy presence

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 03:27 PM

13. I did. Nope.

I, however, am no longer in the database.

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Response to underpants (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 04:48 PM

15. Diabetics also have a Mad Cow rule

Synthetic insulin was first manufactured in the 1980s, but people who ever used bovine based insulin cannot donate.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 03:01 PM

9. yeah...because every gay man has HIV....

jesus christ....

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 03:22 PM

10. I'm not able to give blood either

Because I lived in Europe in the late 80s during the mad cow disease outbreak.

It's been over 30 yrs but I'm still told "no" curious if this impacts that as well.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 03:24 PM

11. So coronavirus panic inhibits transmission of HIV. Who knew?

Sadly, these guys arenít the least bit shamed by implementing the rule to begin with.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 03:30 PM

14. Well isn't that big of them?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 06:31 PM

17. I'll hang on to mine thanks

If it's good enough for right now it never should have been banned.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 10:15 PM

18. In other news...

The FDA just found out that Liberace was gay stating "I mean, women loved him! I didn't see that one coming."

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 06:36 PM

19. Kicked and recommended. ❤ nt

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