ATLANTA — In revised guidelines aimed at eliminating AIDS virus from the blood supply, federal health officials recommended today that any man who has had sex with another man even once in the last eight years refrain from donating blood.
The national Centers for Disease Control has for years considered homosexual or bisexual men with multiple sexual partners to have an increased risk for acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
But the latest recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration, published by the Atlanta-based center, applies even to men "who may have had only a single contact, and who do not consider themselves homosexual or bisexual."
The FDA stopped short of saying that any man who has ever had gay sex is at increased risk for AIDS. "But we would certainly consider them able to be carriers," said Susan Cruzan, a spokeswoman for the FDA.