FDA relaxes guidance on giving blood, reduces deferral period for gay men from 1 year to 3 months

The FDA announced Thursday that it is relaxing some of the recommendations regarding blood donations to address “a dramatic reduction in donations” amid the COVID-19 pandemic — but the department still recommends that sexually active gay men should not give blood.

According to a press release from the department, it is now recommending that male donors can give blood within three months of a sexual encounter with another man. The same recommendation applies to women who have had sex with a man who has had sex with another man.