The British government said it would ease restrictions on blood donations by gay and bisexual men beginning next summer in a shift lauded by LGBT activists as a significant step forward in promoting equality and reducing the stigma that some men say they still face because of their sexuality.
Under the new guidelines, people with a single sexual partner who have been with that partner for more than three months can donate blood, regardless of their gender, their partner’s gender or their sexual orientation. The current rules call for a three-month wait after a man has had sex with another man.
“This is a positive step and recognizes individuals for the actions they take, rather than their sexual preference,” said U.K. Health Secretary
He said the change would safely expand the pool of available blood donors.
‘This is a positive step and recognizes individuals for the actions