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The FDA requires that gay and bisexual men abstain from having sex with men for at least three months before donating blood. Advocates want the restriction, which has been loosened since the 1980s, eliminated.

Advocates are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood as the country continues to deal with one of the worst blood shortages to date. Read more»

The nation is facing one of the worst blood supply shortages in years, according to the American Red Cross. Blood donation centers like this one, run by Arizona nonprofit Vitalant, are putting out desperate calls for donors.

Amid what the American Red Cross is calling the worst blood shortage in over a decade, blood providers are issuing urgent calls for volunteers to come forward to donate. Read more»

After COVID-19 led to a sharp drop in blood donations and blood drives, officials with the Food and Drug Administration decided to proceed with changes they had been studying on restrictions to who can donate in order to help keep the blood supply stable.

The FDA in April eased a number of restrictions on blood donations in order to help blood banks across the nation keep up with the demand for blood. It came as infection concerns and stay-home orders were leading to widespread cancellations of blood drives and donation appointments. Read more»

Anthony Palazzetti, giving blood during a drive at Arizona State University, said his mother’s battle with leukemia taught him the importance of donating. At 19, Palazzetti belongs to the state’s largest blood donor group, according to United Blood Services of Arizona. Donations from the traditionally active 16- to 19-year-old demographic have surged since a 2008 law lowered the minimum legal age for donors from 17 to 16 with parental consent.

Teens have traditionally been active donors, but officials say donations from the age group have surged since a 2008 law lowered the minimum age for donors from 17 to 16 with parental consent. Read more»