Blood donations by MSMs

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

148
Legal
148 regions (64%)
Legal
56
Illegal
56 regions (24%)
Illegal
28
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
28 regions (12%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
44%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
23 regions (44%)
Illegal
25 regions (48%)
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
81%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
29 regions (81%)
Illegal
5 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (6%)
Africa
80%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
47 regions (80%)
Illegal
3 regions (5%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
9 regions (15%)
Asia
46%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
21 regions (46%)
Illegal
16 regions (35%)
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 148 regions.

Banned (indefinite deferral)

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

  1. Africa (3)
  2. Algeria
  3. Eritrea 1957
  4. Gambia
  5. Oceania (1)
  6. Pitcairn Islands

Banned (1-year deferral)

Blood donations by MSMs is banned (1-year deferral) in 20 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 6 regions.

  1. Europe (2)
  2. France 2020
  3. Iceland 2021
  4. North America (2)
  5. Canada 2019
  6. United States 2020
  7. Oceania (2)
  8. Australia 2021
  9. New Zealand 2020

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