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Landmark rule change to allow more gay and bisexual men to donate blood

More gay and bisexual men will now be allowed to donate blood after rule change. 

The new rules which came into effect on World Blood Day mean that men who have sex with other men will now be able to donate blood without being asked about their sexual behaviours. 

Under the new rules, anyone who has had the same sexual partner for the past three months will be eligible to donate blood, but it will also be based on an individual case by case basis.

However, the rules state that anyone who has had anal sex or multiple partners, been exposed to an STI, used pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) within the last three months will not be eligible to donate. 

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Source: Evening Standard, 14 June 2021


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