The New York Times is reporting that the Food and Drug Administration is preparing to lift the lifetime ban on accepting blood donations from gay and bisexual male donors, a ban that was laid in 1983 during the AIDS epidemic. The ban is not being completely abolished - prohibitions are still in place regarding male donors who have had sex with another male within the previous 12 months. This brings the FDA's policy closer in line to the policy in Britain, which also has a 12-month no-male-sexual-contact restriction on male donors. The Williams Institute calculates that this could increase the country's annual blood supply by 2 to 4%. The FDA is drafting guidelines explaining the change for implementation in 2015.