I thought this was a step in the right direction. Boy was I dumb.
The Food and Drug Administration has released a draft of its new policy lifting the permanent ban on blood donation for men who have sex with men (MSM). As was indicated when the change was first proposed in December, having sex with another man no longer bans a man from giving blood for life, but instead for one full year since the last such sexual encounter. This also impacts women who’ve had sex with a man who’s had sex with a man in the past year.