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French gay and bisexual men can donate blood starting March 16
2022-01-13

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Starting in March, gay and bisexual French men will no longer be restricted from donating blood, The Hill reported.

"We are ending an inequality that was no longer justified," French Minister for Solidarity and Health Olivier Veran tweeted Jan. 11.

Blood donation starting March 16 will be accessible to all parties, regardless of sexual orientation, although a pre-screening questionnaire will still address any risky behaviors.

A ban on gay or bisexual men giving blood in France was originally implemented in 1983 at the start of the AIDS crisis, when little was known about the spread of the disease. Although that ban was technically lifted in 2016, donors were still required to adhere to a year of sexual abstinence before being allowed to donate.

LGBTQ+-rights activists in the United States have been calling on policymakers to roll back the country's own restrictions on blood donation for years.


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