The FDA is facing push to loosen the rules for sperm donations

After years of public criticism, in 2020 the Food and Drug Administration relaxed its rules regarding blood donation from men who have sex with men. Now the agency is being asked to consider revising its policy again – this time to facilitate sperm donations from these men.

The FDA requires that sperm banks test all donors for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and other pathogens and must quarantine vials for at least six months so that donors can be tested again. In addition to establishing these precautions, the agency has long banned donations from men who admit to having had a male sex partner within the previous five years.

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