o-BLOOD-DONATIONS-facebookA federal advisory committee on Thursday recommended for the first time that the U.S. soften its ban on blood donations from gay men. Under the new recommendations, made by the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability, gay men would be able to donate blood after a year of abstinence. Under the current rules, men who have had sex with other men are essentially banned for life from donating blood. As Bloomberg News pointed out, the recommendations don’t have a direct bearing on policy but the committee is considered to be a trusted source for federal guidelines. The Food and Drug Administration, who oversees the policy, will consider the findings next month after hearing from other experts and decide whether or not to make the changes. More