Gay blood ban lifts in France: gay and bisexual men allowed to donate

Harris Billings, Staff Writer

November 20, 2015

Marisol Touraine, France’s minister of social affairs, health and women’s rights announced on Nov. 4 that France is lifting its three-decade-long ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.

“Giving one’s blood is an act of generosity and of civic responsibility that cannot be conditioned by sexual orientation,” said Touraine in an official statement.

This coming spring, men who have sex with men will be allowed to donate blood for the first time since 1983.

Well, sort of.

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