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Blood Ban: Change Working Out Fine

The change to blood donation rules in 2017 is working out just fine according to Public Health England. Until 2011 there was a life ban on blood donation for bisexual and gay men, and their female partners. Then in 2011 this was cut to a 12 month ban counting from the last time a man had had sex with another […]

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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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