The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed new regulations for blood donations that will make it easier for gay and bisexual men.
The federal agency announced that it would be easing its rules concerning blood donation restrictions for queer men. The proposed rules would have allowed queer individuals in monogamous relationships to no longer stay abstinent for a year to give blood.
In addition to the proposed adjustment, the FDA announced that they would explore the idea of gay and bisexual men filling out a questionnaire related to their sexual history. The established donor questionnaire will be revised to ask all potential donors about their new or multiple sex partners in the past three months.
“This proposal is in line with policies in place in countries like the United Kingdom and Canada,” the federal agency said.
With the proposed regulations officially released, the federal agency will be open for public comment, which will last 60 days. After two months, the FDA will review all the submitted comments before finalising the final set of US-based regulations.
Important step, but the goal should be to eliminate all queer-focused regulations.