Deferral of MSMby Andrew I. Dayton, M.D., Ph. D.
- The HIV epidemic in the U.S.A. is generally recognized to have started just after 1977.
- Currently MSM are deferred for MSM behavior “…even one time, since 1977…”
- In 1997 FDA presented to the BPAC an analysis of the potential effects of relaxing the MSM deferral policy to “1 year” or to “5 years.”
- Blood banking errors, poorly quantified at the time, were considered the most significant risk of changing the policy.