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France made an about turn on blood donation and gay men can now donate but...

France Lifts Gay Blood Ban

14 July 2016
By Susan Orr - QL UK

Over in Europe France used to ban gay and bisexual blood donors outright. This ruling have now been reversed and allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood, but only if they have not had sex in the past year.

The lifetime ban was implemented at the height of the AIDS crisis in the 80s but now gay and bisexual Frenschmen will be able to donate from Monday onwards. Women who have sex with women also previously faced a ban on donating which was lifted in 2002.

Last year November, Health Minister Marisol Touraine promised to reverse the ban and said:

“Donating blood is an act of generosity, of citizenship, which shouldn’t be conditional upon a person’s sexual orientation.”

LGBTI rights advocates, including Spohie Aujean, senior policy officer for ILGA Europe, believe the year-long ban is “unfair”, however she told France 24 that the lift on the ban “is a good sign, which shows that men who have sex with other men are becoming less stigmatised … It’s helping them move towards a situation that is more equal.”

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