The FDA has lifted a ban on blood donation by homosexuals.
The FDA revised its policies with reference to blood donors. The major risk was the transference of HIV infected blood to recipients on an inadvertent level. It is the FDA’s responsibility to ensure that the blood supply used in the donation efforts remains free of any viruses or pathogens.
The policy revision has allowed gays to donate blood. But it is being done after the provision of careful screening methods to ensure that the HIV virus does not pass on to recipients.
The FDA will continue to monitor its new policy to see whether there are any chinks in the system. Scientific advancement has allowed the FDA to take this bold step of allowing gays to donate blood.
The HIV transmission rates have gone down to the extent that now there is only a chance of 1 such infection in 1.47 million recipients, according to FDA.
The FDA basically made some MSM (men who have sex with men) deferral policy changes. Individual risk remains a possibility in accordance with the law of chance though. Other countries such as the UK and Australia have a yearly deferral for gays.
Before this in Australia, the deferral period for gays or MSM was indefinite. A blood surveillance system then got used. Donors need to be educated. And the questionnaires given to them to fill out have to be more comprehensive in their scope.
Those donors who have hemophilia or other blood clotting disorders ought to be warned regarding the consequences their donation would have for the patient who is on the receiving end.
As for HIV transmission, it remains a major stumbling block. Yet now the methods of screening are so sophisticated that no stone is left unturned to see to it that pure blood is transferred.
The FDA has sought the cooperation of other agencies on a governmental level. After much deliberation and the advice of advisory committees, the FDA finally decided to revise its policies.
Every food, drug and supplement in the United States passes through the observational eye of the FDA. That is why the utmost care is shown by this body lest some substandard nutritional agent or drug gets past its surveillance system.
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It is a fine agency with a lot of resources at its command. And it is capable of making the right decisions at the right moment for the sake of the health of America’s citizens.