Gay men to be able to donate blood

The Council of States agreed yesterday to amend the law excluding people from donating blood on the grounds of their sexuality.

The ruling follows a similar vote by the National Council in May of this year. 

Since 2017 the law required that men who have sex with other men observe twelve months of abstinence before donating blood, which excluded the vast majority of gay men from any donation. 

Before 2017 anyone identifying as homosexual was not allowed to donate blood at all.

In the future, donation restrictions will only be linked to so-called ‘risky sexual behaviour’, regardless of sexual orientation.

Parliament must still formally approve the updated text for a change to take effect. 


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