Blood donations by MSMs

Men who have sex with men are banned from donating blood in 54 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

144
Legal
144 regions (62%)
Legal
54
Illegal
54 regions (23%)
Illegal
34
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
34 regions (15%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
39%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
20 regions (39%)
Illegal
24 regions (46%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (15%)
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
79%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
11 regions (79%)
Illegal
1 regions (7%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (14%)
North America
81%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
29 regions (81%)
Illegal
5 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (6%)
Africa
78%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
46 regions (78%)
Illegal
2 regions (3%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
11 regions (19%)
Asia
48%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
22 regions (48%)
Illegal
15 regions (33%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
9 regions (20%)

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 144 regions.

Banned (indefinite deferral)

Blood donations by MSMs is banned (indefinite deferral) in 27 regions.

  1. Africa (1)
  2. Eritrea 1957
  3. Oceania (1)
  4. Pitcairn Islands
  5. South America (1)
  6. Bolivia 1997

Banned (1-year deferral)

Blood donations by MSMs is banned (1-year deferral) in 20 regions.

  1. North America (1)
  2. United States 2015

Banned (6-month deferral)

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

  1. Asia (1)
  2. Japan 2011
  3. Europe (1)
  4. Serbia
  5. North America (1)
  6. Greenland
  7. Africa (1)
  8. South Africa 2014

Banned (3-month deferral)

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

  1. Europe (1)
  2. France 2020
  3. North America (1)
  4. Canada 2019
  5. Oceania (1)
  6. Australia 2021

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