Blood donation ban could be lifted in Iceland

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Iceland’s Ministry of Health is reportedly considering changing the regulations that forbid gay and bisexual men to be blood donors. he government department is expected to announce its decision on the issue no later than in a couple of months. The country’s review of the ban comes after Denmark announced that gay and bisexual men who have not had sex with another man for four months will be able to donate blood from next week, as there is currently a blanket ban on them to do so. Meanwhile, in the UK, men who have sex with men are required to abstain from sex with men before being allowed to be blood donors. Many countries across the worldwide still require gay, bisexual and transgender men to be celibate for a certain period of time—in the US and Canada this is 12 months—before they can give blood.

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