The FDA is lifting a long-standing ban on certain blood donations...

FOX's Jon Decker reports from the White House:

The Food and Drug Administration has formally lifted its ban on blood donations from gay men. The new policy requires that gay men who wish to donate blood abstain from sex for a full year.

The FDA's decision comes after examining recent studies and data. The United Kingdom and Australia already have the same policy.

The new FDA policy replaces a 30-year ban on blood donations from gay men.

Advances in HIV donor testing has helped the FDA reduce the HIV transmission rate from blood transfusion to 1 in close to 1.5-million.

At the White House, Jon Decker, FOX News.