Blood ban reform: France Delivers

France has ended its lifetime ban on men who have sex with men donating blood.

Reform of the blood ban was part of President Hollande’s election platform.

As in the UK and USA, there will be a 12 month bar from blood donation, so if you’ve had sex with another man in the past year you cannot donate blood.

That probably means more bi men will be able to donate as a result of the change than gay men.

A similar move was made in Britain four years ago, with Northern Ireland now making moves in the same direction following the change in the coalition in power at Stormont this year.

 

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