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NewsCAP: Proposed changes to donor-screening recommendations to prevent HIV transmission.

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: August 2015 - Volume 115 - Issue 8 - p 18
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000470391.33147.b6
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Proposed changes to donor-screening recommendations to prevent HIV transmission. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released new draft guidance on screening donors to protect patients from contracting HIV infection from blood and blood products. The main policy change would have to do with men who have sex with men. Since 1985, the FDA has recommended that blood establishments not accept blood from any man who had sex, even once, with another man after 1977. In 1992, the FDA broadened that policy to exclude blood from other people at high risk for HIV infection. The guidance proposes that men who have sex with men not donate blood until one year after their latest sexual contact with another man. The proposed rule, which can be read at http://1.usa.gov/1KL0CBu, was under consideration at press time.

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