HIV charities welcome the lifting of lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.

Publication date

Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Government announced today that the rules on gay men* donating blood will change from a lifetime ban to a 12 month deferral period.  This decision follows a review of the current policies around exclusion and deferral from blood donation by the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO).

NAT comments - lifetime ban on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland is 'irrational'.

Publication date

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
NAT welcomes Friday's  ruling in the High Court of Belfast that the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland is 'irrational'.  
 
Northern Ireland has been out of step with the rest of the UK on this issue for two years, with England, Scotland and Wales overturning the lifetime ban in 2011 in the face of scientific evidence.