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Northern Ireland’s blood ban to fall

The complete ban in Northern Ireland on bisexual and gay men and their partners donating blood is to end. As a consequence of the recent Stormont Assembly elections, there has been a change in which party has which minister in the coalition government there. The elections saw small shifts between the political groupings that might not have been enough to […]

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Petition challenges blood ban


A new petition on the government’s public petition website calls for the lifting of “the ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood whilst sexually active”. Joseph Shaw’s petition, here, notes that In the UK*, men who engage in sexual acts with other men are banned from donating blood, unless they do not engage in these acts for a […]

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Blood ban: Ireland next?

The Republic of Ireland may be about to follow Great Britain and other countries by relaxing their life ban on blood donation for bisexual and gay men. The Irish Independent newspaper reports that a decision will be made by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar following a national conference at the end of this week. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board […]

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USA: blood ban rolled back


The USA’s Food & Drug Administration, which sets policy on blood donation, confirmed yesterday it will be amending the ban on bisexual and gay men donating blood that has stood for 32 years. As in Britain it will mean not a complete revocation of the lifetime ban that was introduced in 1983, but a reduction to a twelve month bar. […]

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Blood ban reform: France next?

Hot on the heels of The Netherlands, France too has decided that the country’s lifetime ban on men who have sex with men donating blood should be ended. A similar move was made in Britain four years ago, though Northern Ireland retains a lifetime ban as policy on the matter is devolved to the Stormont Assembly and Democratic Unionist Party […]

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