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[Editorial] Reassessing blood donation by men who have sex with men

Following the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, FL, USA, on June 12, 2016, many gay men were barred from donating blood in aid of the surviving victims because of the deferral policy of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The policy is aimed at reducing the risk of HIV transmission through blood products, but in the wake of the shooting was criticised by lawmakers and activists as antiquated and discriminatory. Now, as the USA faces a severe blood shortage, the FDA is reconsidering its stance.