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France ends “absurd” ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men

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Announcing the move on 11 February, the country’s Minister of Solidarity and Health took to Twitter to announce that the changes will come into effect on 16 March.

Olivier Véra wrote: “From March 16, all French people, whatever their sexual orientation, will be able to donate blood! “We are ending an inequality that was no longer justified.” References to sexual orientation in blood donation questionnaires will be removed from the aforementioned date.

First beginning in 1983, it was initially rolled back in July 2016 – though donors were required to be abstinent before donating.

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