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Vox Sang. 2018 Feb;113(2):95-103. doi: 10.1111/vox.12623. Epub 2017 Dec 13.

Donor deferral policies for men who have sex with men: past, present and future.

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1
Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
2
Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
3
Canadian Blood Services, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Abstract

We review the history and evolution of blood donor criteria for men who have sex with men (MSM). Deferral policies in many jurisdictions, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Brazil and many western European countries are based on a period of abstinence from MSM, often of 12 months duration. Several countries (Italy, Spain and Portugal) defer donors based on sexual behaviours considered to be at high risk, regardless of whether the partner is same sex or opposite sex. Compliance is a key determinant in the efficacy of any deferral policy. We summarize research themes and strategies discussed at a January 2017 meeting held in Toronto, Canada, to provide an evidence basis for future policy changes.

KEYWORDS:

donor deferrals; men who have sex with men

PMID:
29238993
DOI:
10.1111/vox.12623
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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