ABBREVIATIONSBBV(s)blood‐borne virus(‐es)MSMmen who have sex with menTGATherapeutic Goods AdministrationIn the days after a man with an assault rifle attacked patrons of a night club popular with the gay community in Orlando in June 2016, many concerned community members who volunteered to donate blood found that they were ineligible because they had had male‐to‐male sex within the past 12 months. This tragedy prompted renewed calls to overturn the so‐called “ban” that has limited the ability of men who have sex with men (MSM) to contribute to the blood supply. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had recently overhauled its policy, replacing the decades‐old permanent exclusion of any man who had had sex with another man since 1977, with a deferral of 12 months since last sex. This policy change followed a number of other high‐income countries that made similar shifts over the past 15 years. It can be portrayed as a major victory for those who have argued the case for change, but is it a real change, and does it go as far as it could in responding to the multiple imperatives that determine decisions about eligibility for blood donation?In the United Kingdom a technical committee has recommended
Transfusion – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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