Good news from across the pond today. The UK has lifted its lifetime ban on gay men who want to donate blood. The new regulations say that a man who hasn't had oral or anal sex with another man in the past year is allowed to donate.
The move came in response to new scientific evidence that found a lifetime ban was an unnecessary safety precaution.
Health officials hope it will lead to an increase in the number of blood donors at a time of shortages across the UK.
A lifetime ban on gay men who are sexually active was put in place in the UK in the 1980s as a response to the spread of HIV and Aids.
Most new HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infections in the UK still result from men having sex with men.
However, politicians have now changed the policy in light of a review by the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (Sabto).
The Committee found the evidence no longer supported the permanent exclusion of sexually-active gay men. Women who have sex with women have never been excluded from giving blood.
In the United States, gay men have had a lifetime ban from donating blood if they've had sex with another man since 1977. Senator John Kerry and Congressman Mike Quigley are leading an effort on the Hill to remove the ban. An HHS advisory committee reviewed the policy in mid-2010 but decided to keep it in place.