Northern Irish minister challenged over gay blood donation claims

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Edwin Poots is asked to produce evidence after claiming blood donated by gay men poses a health risk.

Northern Ireland’s health minister has been challenged to produce evidence for his claim that blood donations from gay men pose a health risk.

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Edwin Poots caused further controversy over the gay blood row on Sunday when he also asserted that the ban on blood donations should extend to anyone having sex with prostitutes and anyone from the African continent, the Guardian reports.

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