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FDA to Ease Ban on Gay Male Blood Donors

In a move that could increase blood donations in the U.S., federal regulators announced Tuesday that they are scrapping a decades-old ban prohibiting gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The move, called long overdue by some observers, could boost blood supplies by an estimated two to four percent. The lifetime ban on blood donations by gays and bisexual men was put in place in 1983, when the first cases of HIV infection began to emerge. At the time, there was no quick test to...

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