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[Correspondence] US policy on blood donation by men who have sex with men

A recent Lancet Editorial (Aug 6, p 534) reassessed the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM) after the Orlando terrorist attack.1 MSM donor policies vary throughout the world, but in the past 20 years many countries have relaxed their outright bans (eg, Australia, Canada, and the UK) or have eliminated deferrals and implemented individualised risk assessment screening for all donors, regardless of their gender and that of their partners (eg, Chile, Mexico, Russia, and Spain).

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