Denmark allowed MSM to donate blood after 4 months without sex

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CANGE, HAITI - MARCH 24: Blood tests wait to be inspected at the lab of Zanmi Lasante Hospital March 24, 2005 in Cange, Haiti. Many HIV positive patients come to be hospitalized here, but the majority of HIV infected people will stay at home in their final stage of life and will die there as most hospitals in the country can not take them. (Photo by Shaul Schwarz/Getty Images)

Denmark has fallen in line with other countries and is set to allow gay and bisexual men to be blood donors, lifting the ban approved in may European countries during the AIDS crisis in 1980s. The measure was first announced in August of last year but will now be honored by the new government, coming into power next month, as the country’s Minister of Health has confirmed in a letter. “The introduction of blood donation for MSM [men who have sex with men] is a positive move. With the four-month probation period, Denmark will be among the most progressive countries in the world with regard to blood donation for MSM,” the minister writes in the parliamentary notice, adding that as there is no medical research to confirm the necessity of the prohibition period, he truly hopes that there is a chance to relax the blood donation rules for gay and bisexual men even more in the nearest future. “A permanent ban made sense at the time in was implemented. The situation today is different, with very reliable testing. We have supported calls for this very strict rule to be changed without it affecting patient safety,” added Flemming Bøgh-Sørensen, the general secretary of Blood Donation in Denmark.

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