Gay and bisexual men were banned from donating blood over concern that HIV could contaminate the blood supply.
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December 21, 2015 For three decades, men who have sex with men were barred from ever donating blood. A new policy will allow gay and bisexual men to donate, but only if they've been celibate for at least a year.
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James Harrison was recognized in 2003 with the Guinness World Record for the most blood donated by one person.
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June 14, 2015 Australian James Harrison, 78, has been donating blood for the past 60 years. His plasma contains a rare antibody for a vaccine that protects pregnant women and babies with incompatible blood types.
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December 24, 2014 The FDA recommends overturning a lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men. It's the right solution, but it still won't help me donate.
Several countries, including Australia, Japan and Great Britain, already encourage blood donations from some gay men.
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December 2, 2014 The lifetime ban on blood from any man who has had sex with men dates to the 1980s, before there was a good test to screen for HIV. Critics say the policy is outmoded and needlessly discriminatory.
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A stamp can build awareness, but broader use of incentives could help boost blood donations.
May 24, 2013 Some economists argue it's time to rethink restrictions on incentives for blood donors. In the last few years there have been some real-world experiments with incentives that suggest they can help increase donations without causing trouble.
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