“…lifetime ban on gay men giving blood “may be justified” in certain cases”

Interesting news from Strasbourg’s European Court of Justice

The European Court of Justice ruled that member states should establish if there were not more accurate detection techniques or “less onerous” ways of ensuring that recipients of donated blood were protected, rather than banning gay men for life from giving blood.

Ireland and a number of other countries maintain a lifetime ban. The law in the UK was changed in 2011 so that a one-year ban would be established instead.

The Government is considering whether or not to follow the example set by the UK and others and introduce a one-year ban instead of a lifetime ban.

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