Blood donations by MSMs

Men who have sex with men are banned from donating blood in 59 countries.

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  • Legal
  • Legal with restrictions
  • Banned (3-month deferral)
  • Banned (6-month deferral)
  • Banned (1-year deferral)
  • Banned (5-year deferral)
  • Banned (indefinite deferral)
  • Varies by region or ambiguous
  • Unknown or N/A

Recent Changes

Blood donations by MSMs

The ability for MSMs (men who have sex with men) to donate blood or tissue for organ transplants. A deferral period refers to a waiting time before a man can donate after having sex.

Summary

119
Legal
119 regions (60%)
Legal
3
Somewhere in between
3 regions (2%)
Somewhere in between
59
Illegal
59 regions (30%)
Illegal
17
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
17 regions (9%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
58%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
29 regions (58%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Illegal
18 regions (36%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (4%)
Oceania
79%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
11 regions (79%)
Somewhere in between
regions (0%)
Illegal
3 regions (21%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
South America
92%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
11 regions (92%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (8%)
Illegal
regions (0%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
North America
78%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
18 regions (78%)
Somewhere in between
regions (0%)
Illegal
4 regions (17%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (4%)
Africa
67%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
36 regions (67%)
Somewhere in between
regions (0%)
Illegal
11 regions (20%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
7 regions (13%)
Asia
30%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
13 regions (30%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Illegal
23 regions (52%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
7 regions (16%)

Progress Over Time

Number of countries with equality for blood donations by msms over the past 60 years.
There are no recent changes about Blood donations by MSMs.

Blood donations by MSMs by Country

Legal with restrictions

Blood donations by MSMs is legal with restrictions in 3 regions.

  1. Asia (1)
  2. Israel 2018
  3. Europe (1)
  4. Bulgaria
  5. South America (1)
  6. Paraguay

Banned (3-month deferral)

Blood donations by MSMs is banned (3-month deferral) in 8 regions.

  1. Europe (5)
  2. Belgium 2023
  3. Denmark 2020
  4. Estonia 2021
  5. Finland 2021
  6. Iceland 2022
  7. North America (1)
  8. Trinidad and Tobago
  9. Oceania (2)
  10. Australia 2021
  11. New Zealand 2020

Banned (6-month deferral)

Blood donations by MSMs is banned (6-month deferral) in 4 regions.

  1. Asia (1)
  2. Japan 2011
  3. Europe (3)
  4. Cyprus 2022
  5. Serbia
  6. Sweden 2021

Banned (1-year deferral)

Blood donations by MSMs is banned (1-year deferral) in 7 regions.

  1. Asia (1)
  2. Iraq
  3. Oceania (1)
  4. Samoa

Banned (5-year deferral)

Blood donations by MSMs is banned (5-year deferral) in 1 regions.

  1. Asia (1)
  2. Taiwan 2018

No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous

Data on blood donations by msms is unclear, not applicable, or missing in 17 regions.

  1. North America (1)
  2. Guatemala

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