FDA Male-to-Male Sexual Contact Deferral Policy - LifeSource


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It is LifeSource’s mission to serve patients in need of blood transfusions in our community and beyond by providing a safe and stable blood supply.

National Deferral Policy
  • All blood centers across the country are highly regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are audited regularly by this agency.
  • The FDA has identified men who have sex with men (MSM) within the past 12 months as a high-risk behavior and as such, all blood centers in the United States are federally mandated to defer these donors.
  • For more information about the FDA’s deferral policy and their stance visit fda.gov.

Local Response
  • In compliance with FDA regulations and to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply, LifeSource has in place several safeguard processes including donor screening, donor deferral and infectious disease testing.
  • We support the ongoing efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services and National Institutes of Health to fund research to evaluate deferral policies and prevent potential risks to the blood supply.

Even if you are not allowed to donate due to current eligibility criteria, you can be an advocate for blood donation in your community by recruiting people who are eligible to donate and support our efforts in supplying safe blood to patients in need.


If you would like to comment on eligibility critera, the most efficient way to have your feedback heard is to direct comments to the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research:

Division of Communication and Consumer Affairs
Office of Communication, Outreach and Development
Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Building 71, Room 3101
Silver Springs, MD 20993-0002

Please call LifeSource’s Medical Help Desk for complete information on donor eligibility: 847.260.2647