Restricting Blood and Tissue Donations
The American Medical Association and the American Red Cross agree that there is no reason to restrict or defer men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood, tissue, or organs. Current blood testing protocols sufficiently protect the blood supply. However, the US Food & Drug Administration donation policy requires these men to wait for 12 months since their last sexual contact before donating blood or tissue.
The FDA blood, tissue, and organ donation policy indicates that men who have sex with other men (MSM) have to wait for 12 months since their last sexual contact before donating. Are you for or against this 12-month deferral policy for MSM?
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