The Food and Drug Administration is lifting its 31-year ban on blood donation from men who sleep with men. But don't get all excited and gay about it, gays.
But science — and the understanding of H.I.V. in particular — has advanced in the intervening decades, and on Tuesday the F.D.A. acknowledged as much, lifting the lifetime ban but keeping in place a more modest block on donations by men who have had sex with other men in the last 12 months.
Hear that, guys? Refrain from having sex for a year and then you can sit in a chair and someone will sap the blood from your veins. What a worthwhile trade-off.
Great Britain, the Times notes, has a similar one-year restriction. My doctor tells me it generally takes a few weeks for HIV to be detectable in blood after contracting it.