Blood safety studies could lead to changes in MSM policy

04/17/2012 | Washington Post, The

The FDA's long-standing blood donor deferral policy -- which mandates indefinite deferral of men who have sex with men -- is being debated. The agency said studies are being conducted that could lead to re-evaluation of the policy. AABB and the American Red Cross have supported a one-year deferral policy, according to Richard Benjamin, chief medical officer of the American Red Cross. "The way we look at it, our first obligation is to every patient, to provide you with the safest possible blood," Benjamin said.

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