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More LGBTQ+ people to be eligible to give blood

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More people from LGBTQ+ communities will be eligible to donate blood from next month after the launch of new donor safety assessment, meaning all donors, regardless of gender, will be asked the same sexual behaviour questions.The changes will mean that eligibility to donate will be based on a more individualised assessment rather than on a risk assigned to a group or population, and deferrals will be based on behaviours evidenced to be at a higher risk of sexual infection.From June 14World Blood Donor Day – the form that people complete before they donate will for the first time ask the same questions of all donors about sexual behaviours, focused mainly on the last three months.Donors will no longer be asked if they are a man who has.

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