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Blood Donation by LGBTQ


Source: IE

 Context: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ended the longstanding restrictions on gay and bisexual men from donating blood.



The prohibition was first implemented during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and has been long decried as discriminatory by the LGBTQI+ community and its supporters.


New guidelines:

  • Donors have to answer a questionnaire and they will be screened based on their recent sexual activity rather than their sexual orientation or sex.
  • Have done away with the three-month deferral period for monogamous MSM, but it stays in place for those who have had new or multiple partners in the past three months.


Benefit: The new changes have been introduced to boost blood donations across the US and address the discriminatory nature of the existing policy.


India: Transgenders, gay people, and female sex workers aren’t allowed to donate blood. This is according to clauses 12 and 51 of the ‘Guidelines for Blood Donor Selection & Blood Donor Referral, 2017’ issued by the National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) and the National Aids Control Organisation on October 11, 2017.


Reason for ban: Government argues that there is substantial evidence to show that LGBTQ is at risk for HIV, Hepatitis B or C infections.