The News The Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that it had formally ended the agency’s wide-ranging prohibition on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a longstanding policy that had been denounced as discriminatory.
Instead, the F.D.A. is finalizing guidance that includes a questionnaire for all donors that is aimed at learning about their recent sexual activity.
The more targeted questions will focus on whether someone has had new or multiple sex partners or anal sex in the last three months.
Potential donors who had recent sex under those screening criteria would be turned away. The revised policy would also preclude blood donations from people taking oral PrEP to prevent H.I.V.