Tag Archives: blood donation

Blood: Iceland next?

Iceland seems set to join the wave of nations revoking their bans on bi and gay men donating blood. Local website visir.is reported yesterday that the Health Minister expects to make an announcement in the near future. This seems to be prompted by both changes in other countries and the shifting balance of route of transmission in HIV infections. The […]

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A new twist on blood donation

Around the world countries have been wrestling with blood donation regulations for the last few years. Lifetime bans on bi and gay men donating blood were widely introduced in the 1980s in response to the first cases of HIV/AIDS, and have come to be seen as discriminatory as the intial panic calmed down, and treatments and detection improved. But incidence […]

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Easier Blood Donation

At the start of December the deferral blood donation period for men who have sex with men was reduced from 12 months to three months. The change also affects their female partners, who were previously subject to a bar lasting more than 12 months but which is now cut to the same 3 month window. It’s been brought forward sooner […]

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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 […]

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