For years, LGBTQ+ individuals faced hurdles to donate blood, but the FDA’s recent revisions aim to broaden access. Originally, restrictions were rooted in the AIDS epidemic, leading to a lifetime ban for gay and bisexual men, later amended to a 90-day abstinence period. The updates now focus on behavior, enabling certain individuals in committed relationships to donate, while considering potential HIV-related risks. Read more for a full breakdown of these policy changes for the LGBTQ+ community and where to find your nearest blood drive.
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