Gay Men in U.K. Allowed to Give Blood if Celibate for 10 Years
Britain's ban on blood donation by men who have sex with men (MSM) is being lifted, but only for those who have not had sex for 10 years or more, the Telegraph reports. The existing ban was deemed discriminatory and potentially in violation of equal rights laws. The British government's Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) originally proposed a five-year celibacy period, stating that the chance of HIV entering the blood supply would go up by less than 5 percent. That risk would be cut in half by extending to the ban to 10 years, which officials elected to enact.
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