• The FDA on Friday proposed new guidelines that would ease restrictions on gay and bisexual men donating blood.
  • The FDA said the policy would shift to an individual assessment that evaluates risk regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
  • The American Medical Association and LGBTQ rights organizations have criticized the blood donor restrictions as discriminatory.
A nurse fills test tubes with blood to be tested during an American Red Cross bloodmobile in Fullerton, CA on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed new guidelines that would no longer require gay and bisexual men in monogamous relationships to abstain from sex before donating blood.

The FDA had imposed a lifetime ban on men who have sex with men donating blood during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The agency had eased the ban in 2015, allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they had not had sex in the previous year.