Blood donations by MSMs

Men who have sex with men are banned from donating blood in 56 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

125
Legal
125 regions (63%)
Legal
Somewhere in between
regions (0%)
Somewhere in between
56
Illegal
56 regions (28%)
Illegal
17
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
17 regions (9%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
70%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
35 regions (70%)
Somewhere in between
regions (0%)
Illegal
13 regions (26%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (4%)
Oceania
86%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
12 regions (86%)
Somewhere in between
regions (0%)
Illegal
2 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
South America
92%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
11 regions (92%)
Somewhere in between
regions (0%)
Illegal
1 regions (8%)
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
65%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
35 regions (65%)
Somewhere in between
regions (0%)
Illegal
12 regions (22%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
7 regions (13%)
Asia
30%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
13 regions (30%)
Somewhere in between
regions (0%)
Illegal
24 regions (55%)
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

Banned (3-month deferral)

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

  1. Europe (3)
  2. Belgium 2023
  3. Denmark 2020
  4. Estonia 2021
  5. North America (1)
  6. Trinidad and Tobago
  7. Oceania (1)
  8. New Zealand 2020

Banned (6-month deferral)

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

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

Banned (1-year deferral)

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