The Food and Drug Administration has lifted its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.
The ban was implemented by the FDA in 1983 at the start of the aids crisis.
The change in policy came after years of scientific research.
Gay and bisexual men will be allowed to become blood donors, as long as they have abstained from sex for a year.
Local advocacy groups say that the change is a strep in the right direction.
Danny Tanner, from the Capital City Alliance, said, “Gay men and bisexual men are just the same. Same blood as everyone, but there’s always going to be some type of risk getting a blood transfusion. It’s no greater risk than the person next to you”.
Representatives from united blood services told Local 33 that there is still a lot of work to be done.
It will take a few months for these changes to be implemented.