FDA may change blood donation policy

Fda May Change Blood Donation Policy

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The FDA may be shifting its blood donation policy.

In a statement, the agency specifically mentioned possible risk-based screening for HIV.

The FDA didn’t offer further details.

However, the Wall Street Journal cited sources familiar with the plans.

It reported the changes would let more men donate blood.

Potential donors who have had a new male sexual partner in the past three months would be asked more specific questions about their sexual activity.

Depending their answers, they might be allowed to donate blood.

The current policy requires men to wait three months after sexual contact with other men before they can donate blood.

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