Gay Men in France Allowed to Give Blood as Long as They Don’t Have Sex for a Year

Vice News
By Lucie Aubourg
November 4, 2015

France will lift its ban on gay men donating blood in the spring, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine announced on Wednesday.

“We are putting an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation,” Touraine said, referring to a ban on blood donations from gay men that was introduced in 1983 to prevent the spread of AIDS.

President François Hollande promised to scrap the ban during his presidential campaign. In April, the European Court of Justice encouraged the French government to revise its rules on blood donation.

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