National Gay Blood Drive Draws in Locals

Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announces it plans to loosen restrictions and allow gay men to give blood after a year of celibacy.

Currently

, and for the past 31 years, gay men have faced a lifelong ban on donating blood.

The change would move the US policy closer to those in Australia, Japan and the U.K.

The FDA will recommend the switch in draft guidelines early next year. They'll take public comment before setting anything in stone. No exact dates for action are set yet.

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