• Barack Obama Ebola FDA drops lifetime ban on blood donations from gay a

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    However agency will still bar men who have had sex with another
    man in the previous year from donating, a policy criticized by


    US government health officials are lifting the nation’s 32-year-
    old lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men,
    but major restrictions will remain on who can donate.

    The ban had been aimed at preventing the transmission of HIV,
    the virus which causes Aids, but medical groups and gay
    activists have long said the ban could no longer be justified,
    based on modern testing methods. The US Food and Drug
    Administration said Monday that the change is “backed by sound
    science and continues to protect our blood supply”.

    Officials are replacing the blanket ban with a policy barring
    donations from men who have had sex with another man in the
    previous year. While the policy has been criticized by
    activists, the FDA stance is in line with that of other
    countries, including Australia and Britain. The US lifetime ban
    was put in place during the early Aids crisis.

    The agency said people with hemophilia and related blood-
    clotting disorders will continue to be banned from donating
    blood due to potential harm they could suffer from large
    needles. Previously they were banned due to an increased risk of
    transmitting HIV.

    The agency said it has also put in place a safety monitoring
    system for the blood supply, which it expects to provide
    “critical information” to help inform future FDA blood donor

    “Ultimately, the 12-month deferral window is supported by the
    best available scientific evidence, at this point in time,
    relevant to the US population,” Dr. Peter Marks, deputy director
    of the FDA’s biologics division, said in a statement. Several
    countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia, have 12-
    month deferrals.

    During the change in Australia from an indefinite blood donor
    deferral policy – essentially a ban – to a 12-month deferral,
    studies evaluating more than 8 million units of donated blood
    were performed using a national blood surveillance system, the
    FDA said.

    “These published studies document no change in risk to the blood
    supply with use of the 12-month deferral,” the agency said.
    “Similar data are not available for shorter deferral intervals.”

    The agency said its policies to date have helped reduce HIV
    transmission rates from blood transfusions from 1 in 2,500 to 1
    in 1.47 million.

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/21/fda-lifts-ban- blood-donations-gay-bisexual-men

    The only acceptable transmission rate is zero. AIDS / HIV is
    not the only thing these faggots spread with their contaminated

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