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James Harrison, known as "the man with the golden arm," is pictured in 2003, when he was recognized for the number of times he had donated blood products. At the time it was his 808th donation. The Australian man has now donated well over 1,000 times. David Gray/Reuters hide caption

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The FDA says that facilities that collect blood donations throughout the United States should be testing donations for Zika within 12 weeks. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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All U.S. Blood Donations Should Be Screened For Zika, FDA Says

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People wait in line to donate blood at the OneBlood Donation Center in Orlando, Fla, on Sunday, after a mass shooting at a gay nightclub left at least 50 people dead and 53 injured. Gerardo Mora/Getty Images hide caption

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Gay and bisexual men were banned from donating blood over concern that HIV could contaminate the blood supply. Vesna Andjic/Getty Images hide caption

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FDA Lifts Ban On Blood Donations By Gay And Bisexual Men

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James Harrison was recognized in 2003 with the Guinness World Record for the most blood donated by one person. DAVID GRAY/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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'Man With The Golden Arm' Donates Blood That Has Saved 2 Million Babies

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Several countries, including Australia, Japan and Great Britain, already encourage blood donations from some gay men. Kevin Curtis/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption

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FDA Considers Allowing Blood Donations From Some Gay Men

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