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UK Gay Blood Ban To Be Lifted

England, Scotland and Wales will be lifting a lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. Gay men will be able to give blood as long as they haven’t had sex for 12 months.

The UK Associated Press has the report:

Gay men will be able to give blood when Government restrictions are lifted later this year, the Department of Health has confirmed.

A lifetime ban on blood donation by men who had had sex with another man was put in place in the UK in the 1980s as a response to the spread of Aids and HIV.

But following a review by the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (Sabto), men who have not had homosexual sex within a year will be able to donate if they meet certain other criteria.

The recommendation has been accepted by the health ministers in England, Scotland and Wales, and the ban will be lifted on November 7.

Men who have had anal or oral sex with another man in the past 12 months, with or without a condom, will still not be eligible to donate blood, the DoH said.

Read the full article via THE UK ASSOCIATED PRESS