Blood donations by MSMs

Men who have sex with men are banned from donating blood in 60 countries.

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  • Legal
  • Banned (indefinite deferral)
  • Banned (5-year deferral)
  • Banned (1-year deferral)
  • Banned (6-month deferral)
  • Banned (3-month deferral)
  • Unknown, N/A, or ambiguous

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

146
Legal
146 regions (63%)
Legal
60
Illegal
60 regions (26%)
Illegal
26
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
26 regions (11%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
46%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
24 regions (46%)
Illegal
24 regions (46%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (8%)
Oceania
67%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
16 regions (67%)
Illegal
7 regions (29%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (4%)
South America
86%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
12 regions (86%)
Illegal
regions (0%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (14%)
North America
83%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
30 regions (83%)
Illegal
5 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (3%)
Africa
76%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
45 regions (76%)
Illegal
5 regions (9%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
9 regions (15%)
Asia
41%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
19 regions (41%)
Illegal
19 regions (41%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (17%)

Progress over time

Number of countries with equality for blood donations by msms over the past 60 years.

Recent changes

Blood donations by MSMs by country

(and dependent territories)

Legal

Blood donations by MSMs is legal in 146 regions.

Banned (1-year deferral)

Blood donations by MSMs is banned (1-year deferral) in 19 regions.

Banned (6-month deferral)

Blood donations by MSMs is banned (6-month deferral) in 3 regions.

  1. Asia (1)
  2. Japan 2011
  3. Europe (1)
  4. Serbia
  5. North America (1)
  6. Greenland

Banned (3-month deferral)

Blood donations by MSMs is banned (3-month deferral) in 5 regions.

  1. Europe (2)
  2. Germany 2021
  3. Iceland 2022
  4. North America (1)
  5. United States 2020
  6. Oceania (2)
  7. Australia 2021
  8. New Zealand 2020

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

Data on blood donations by msms is unclear, not applicable, or missing in 26 regions.

  1. North America (1)
  2. Turks and Caicos Islands
  3. Oceania (1)
  4. Tokelau
  5. South America (2)
  6. Ecuador
  7. Falkland Islands
  8. Antarctica (1)
  9. Antarctica

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