Tag Archive | Blood Ban

Conference Calls For Lifting of Blanket Blood Ban As Blood Supplies Fall

Conference Calls For Lifting of Blanket Blood Ban As Blood Supplies Fall

A two-day consensus conference of experts, which was convened by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) has reviewed its position on banning blood donations from gay men, and is awaiting the Department of Health’s go-ahead to change this policy. The conference felt that after a review of research in other countries, according to IBTS medical […]

US Relaxes Gay Blood Ban But With A Year’s Abstinence

US Relaxes Gay Blood Ban But With A Year’s Abstinence

In the same year that US researchers discovered the existence of HIV, a blood ban was introduced in the States that prohibited gay men from donating blood. 1983 was that year, over thirty years ago, and the blood ban stayed in place until yesterday, 21 December, 2015. Now the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) have […]

French Gay Blood Ban To Be Lifted, With Conditions

French Gay Blood Ban To Be Lifted, With Conditions

The French Minister for Health, Marisol Touraine, announced yesterday (4 November) that there is to be a change in the conditions of giving blood for gay blood donors. This is the fulfilment of a promise made by French President Franςois Hollande during his presidential campaign.

DHSSPS Reveals No Medical Evidence to Support ‘Gay’ Blood Donation Ban in NI

DHSSPS Reveals No Medical Evidence to Support ‘Gay’ Blood Donation Ban in NI

Stephen Donnan writes from Northern Ireland on the latest blood ban revelations. Under an FOI request submitted by the BBC, the NI Department of Health has admitted that there is no medical evidence to support the continued ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The decision to lift the ban in England, Scotland and […]

Northern Ireland: UUP Leader – “Nothing Responsible About Blood Ban”

Northern Ireland: UUP Leader – “Nothing Responsible About Blood Ban”

The leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Mike Nesbitt, has announced his disapproval of Northern Ireland’s current ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood, despite other countries in the United Kingdom having eased restrictions. During yesterday’s keynote speech at the Ulster Unionist Party Conference at Belfast’s Ramada Plaza Hotel, party leader Mike Nesbitt MLA […]

Belfast Judge Rules Gay Blood Ban “Irrational”

Belfast Judge Rules Gay Blood Ban “Irrational”

A Belfast High Court judge has ruled that the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood in Northern Ireland is “irrational”, defeating Health Minister, Edwin Poots. Justice Treacy also ruled that Poots was in breach of the ministerial code by failing to take the issue before Stormont. Northern Ireland is the only region in the UK […]

Gay Irishman’s Blood Refused, Despite Never Having Sex

Gay Irishman’s Blood Refused, Despite Never Having Sex

Tomás Heneghan is 21 years old and from County Galway. He has donated blood since he was 18, something very admirable for a man of his age to do. As a gay man, however, he faced a dilemma; the Irish Blood Transfusion Service does not accept blood donations from men who have ever had sex […]

Canada to Lift its Blood Ban?

In what seems like a draconian and exclusionary measure, Canada is to lift the lifetime ban on donation of blood by gay men, but only if they have abstained from sexual relations with other men for a period of five years prior to donating.