TGA backs loosening of sexual activity blood donor rules

TGA has approved a bid by Lifeblood to ease current restrictions in line with safety evidence

Restrictions on blood donation by people with high-risk sexual practices are poised for change, following TGA approval of a proposal to reduce the deferral period to three months.

This would mean a man who has sex with another man could donate blood three months after his last sexual contact, rather than having to wait for 12 months, which is the current rule.

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood submitted the proposal to the regulator earlier this year, recommending the change in the deferral interval for whole blood