France is lifting its ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men

Next year, France will lift a long-running ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

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“Giving blood is a generous act that cannot be conditioned by sexual orientation,” said Marisol Touraine, the country’s health minister.

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France enacted its exclusion law in 1983 as part of an effort to combat the spread of AIDS, but the ban has long been criticised as outdated and discriminatory. “While respecting patient safety, today we are lifting a taboo,” Touraine said.

Read more at theverge.com

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