According to CBS News, the FDA is currently in the process of outlining a plan that would end the lifetime ban created 32 years ago in response to the AIDS crisis barring gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The proposal would change the ban to only disqualify donations from men who have had sex with another male within the past year. Gay rights groups argue that this is a step in the right direction, but the plan still prevents homosexuals from donating solely based on sexual orientation. Given the significant advances in HIV testing and the fact that all blood donations are screened for HIV, the one-year deferral period may be unnecessary. The FDA will take comments on the proposal for 60 days before finalizing the guidelines.