Tag Archives: blood

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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Donation Day One in Northern Ireland

The complete ban in Northern Ireland on bisexual and gay men and their partners donating blood ended yesterday and many more people are now allowed to give blood. The change was announced in June as a consequence of the Stormont Assembly elections the previous month. It had been impossible to achieve previously but the elections brough a change in which […]

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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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