Lifetime Ban on Men Who Have Sex with Men Blood Donations Lifted in Northern Ireland

After Wales and England lifted a ban prohibiting men who had sex with men from donating blood, Northern Ireland is finally following suit. Minister for Health Michelle O’Neill made the announcement urged blood banks to adhere to the new law that was announced by the Sinn Féin minister.

The decision means men whose last sexual contact with another man was more than 12 months ago will be free to donate blood if they meet the other donor selection criteria.

Now, gay men who have had sex with men in the last year, must abstain from sex for a year before donating. [IT]

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