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NCDHHS Secretary supports change in policy on blood donations for men who have sex with men

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The FDA may change its policy on blood donations for men who have sex with men. The current policy recommends men who have sex with men refrain from donating blood until after 3 months of abstinence, but the FDA may remove the wait time altogether.

The FDA may change its policy on blood donations for men who have sex with men.

The current policy recommends men who have sex with men refrain from donating blood until after 3 months of abstinence, but the FDA may remove the wait time altogether.

Kody Kinsley, Secretary of North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services voiced his support, saying, “We know that we can actually protect the blood supply better by asking people about their behaviors as opposed to asking about who they are,”

The agency has launched the ADVANCE study, which will develop a questionnaire to assess each individual’s risk of HIV infection to determine eligibility rather than on last sexual contact.

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