FDA to lift lifetime ban on gay blood donations

The decades-old ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men is about to be lifted.

Federal Food and Drug Administration officials say it means a big boost in the nations’ blood supply.

The FDA enacted the lifetime ban in 1983 during the early AIDS epidemic to curb the spread of HIV and AIDS.

The move, however, isn’t a complete reversal. Only men who have not had sex with other men in a year or more will be allowed to donate blood.

Experts say the new policy will be drafted next year and could boost the nation’s blood supply by up to 4 percent.

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