A public meeting conducted by the British Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs on Tuesday discussed the possibility of a five-year deferral rather than a lifetime blood-donor ban for men who have sex with men. The meeting was part of a review on the list of people who are banned from donating for life because of the risk of transmitting blood-borne diseases. The meeting also touched on the possibility of lifting the ban on women who have had sex with MSM. Findings from the review will be released next year.
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