Entry #9999: Blood donations by MSMs in United Kingdom

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RegionUnited Kingdom
IssueBlood donations by MSMs
StatusBanned (3-month deferral)
Start DateJan 2017
End DateJun 13, 2021
DescriptionIn 2017, the 3-month blood donation rule came into force at blood donation centres in Scotland in November, and in early 2018 in England.
Sourceshttps://www.bbc.com/news/health-40669950 https://www.blood.co.uk/who-can-give-blood/men-who-have-sex-with-men/

Revision History (3)

Revision by beeurd

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End Date(NONE)Jun 13, 2021

Revision by danlev

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https://www.bbc.com/news/health-40669950 https://www.bbc.com/news/health-40669950 https://www.blood.co.uk/who-can-give-blood/men-who-have-sex-with-men/
Reports (7)
  • Newer law has been passed "Since 14 June 2021 the automatic 3 month MSM deferal has been dropped. "Instead, any individual who attends to give blood - regardless of gender - will be asked if they have had sex and, if so, about recent sexual behaviours. Anyone who has had the same sexual partner for the last three months will be eligible to donate." Source: https://www.blood.co.uk/news-and-campaigns/news-and-statements/landmark-change-to-blood-donation-eligibility-rules-on-today-s-world-blood-donor-day/"
  • Status is not correct "Recently, same sex couples were allowed to donate blood, unless they were in polyamorous relationships. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-57445053"
  • Status is not correct "Now been made legal "
  • Status is not correct "Before 2011, donating blood as a MSM was completely illegal."
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  • Status is not correct "Was made illegal during AIDS crisis, indefinite deferral- changed to a year in 2011 then 3 months in 2017 or18"
  • Status is not correct "This entry (2011-2018) overlaps and contradicts the other two (accurate) entries. The claim that there are no restrictions on donating blood is inaccurate; there has been a deferral period since 2011 (reduced further in 2017) as the other entries both make clear. There is also a missing historical entry covering the period from 1980 to 2011 in which there was a lifetime ban on MSM blood donations in the UK (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men_who_have_sex_with_men_blood_donor_controversy_in_the_United_Kingdom)."

Revision by danlev

Old Value (Original) New Value
ValueBanned (6-month deferral)Banned (3-month deferral)
Start DateNov 2017Jan 2017

danlev created this entry.