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  • Letter to NIH on Blood Donation Policy Study

    HIVMA submitted comments in support of a National Institutes of Health Proposed Study of the Current Blood Donation Policy for Men Who Have Sex with Men.

    HIVMA has a longstanding policy (dating to 2004) calling for a change to the FDA blood donor deferral criteria to reflect advances in blood testing technology and scientific knowledge regarding transmission of HIV disease. A change in the deferral criteria is warranted and overdue given that HIV infection is transmitted through unprotected sexual contacts regardless of sexual orientation. There is no rational or scientific justification for maintaining a lifetime ban on blood donation for gay men – particularly given the guidance’s 12-month exclusion for individuals who acknowledge having sexual contact with an individual with HIV infection.

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