Washington - US health officials are recommending an end to America's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified.
The Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it favours replacing the blanket ban with a new policy barring donations from men who have had gay sex in the previous year. That policy puts the US in-line with other countries including Australia, Japan and the UK.
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The lifetime ban dates from the early years of the Aids crisis and was intended to protect the blood supply from what was a then little-understood disease. But many medical groups, including the American Medical Association, say the policy is no longer supported by science, given advances in HIV testing.