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FDA Revises Blood Donation Deferral Guidelines Amid COVID-19; Lifts Limits For LGBTQ Donors

After a recent viral Facebook post of a COVID-19 survivor, who was a main candidate as a blood donor for his convalescent plasma, but got rejected to due to his sexual orientation, many groups urged the FDA to consider implementing looser guidelines regarding the deferrals for blood donation amid the COVID-19 crisis, especially for potential donors who are members of the LGBTQ+ community. Currently, the FDA has reduced the previously 12-month ban period on blood donation for men who have sex with men, among others, to only 3 months to prevent a nationwide blood supply shortage in the time of the pandemic.

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