Blood Banks Against Change of Policy on Gay Donors

Eleven organizations that represent users of plasma and related products will urge a federal panel on Tuesday not to change the donor policy for gay and bisexual men unless a “robust” blood-monitoring system is also put in place.

Scientifically, there is now a basis to consider changing the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM), the American Plasma Users Coalition (A-PLUS) said in a statement filed with the Food and Drug Administration Blood Products Advisory Committee (BPAC).

However, a “robust, comprehensive hemovigilance program” must be implemented as part of any donor policy change to track changes in blood safety risks and permit “rapid corrective action” if needed, said the groups, which represent some 125,000 Americans who depend on blood products to live healthy lives.