FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg announced today in a statement that the FDA has lifted its outright ban (in FDA-speak, "indefinite deferral") on gay men donating blood, shifting their policy to allow donations from gay men who have not had sex with other men in the past year:
Today in archaic, bigoted regulations, the FDA has rejected a gay teenager's tissue donation because men who have sex with other men are a "risk factor" for communicable disease.
As of November 7, gay men in England, Scotland, and Wales will be allowed to give blood — as long as they haven't had oral or anal sex with a man, with a condom or without, in the last year. Previously, gay men had been completely banned from donating (they're still banned in the US). Carl Burnell of the gay men's…