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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced looser restrictions on gay, bisexual men and men who have sex with men (MSM) donating blood on Thursday.
Among others changes, the FDA is changing the deferral period for MSM from 12 months since their last sexual contact to three months.
The FDA said in their announcement that the changes were because of the pressure put on the blood supply because of the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing and the cancellation of blood drives have pushed down the available supply.