Blood donation rules for gay and bisexual men are being relaxed across the UK, in what the government is calling a "landmark change". The new criteria focuses on individual behaviours, lifting a blanket ban for any men who have had sex with men in the last three months. It means men who have sex with men in a long-term relationship will now be able to donate blood at any time. All blood donors who have had one sexual partner and who have been with their sexual partner for more than three months, will now be eligible to donate regardless of their gender, the gender of their partner, or the type of sex they have. Under previous rules, all men who have sex with men had to abstain from sex for three months in order to donate. The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs - which advises UK health departments - recommended the changes after examining the latest evidence relating to blood donation and sexual behaviour.
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By Hannah Sparks. But some COVID survivors have revealed that they are being rejected for blood and plasma donations on the basis of their sexuality. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration said it would be easing restrictions on blood donations by gay and bisexual men. When he heard that Mt. Sinai was collecting plasma from recovered COVID patients for research on new treatments, he signed up right away. Until then, they have no method of keeping record of the extraordinary donors. Many advocates are calling for more individualized assessments of high-risk sexual behavior of donors, rather than treating gay and bisexual men as a monolith.
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Many countries have laws, regulations, or recommendations that effectively prohibit donations of blood or tissue for organ transplants from men who have sex with men MSM , a classification of males who engage or have engaged in sex with other males, irrespective of their sexual activities with same-sex partners and of whether they identify themselves as bisexual or gay. Temporary restrictions are sometimes called "deferrals", since blood donors who are found ineligible may be found eligible at a later date. However, many deferrals are indefinite meaning that donation are not accepted at any point in the future, constituting a de facto ban. Even men who have monogamous relations with their same-sex partner are found ineligible. Restrictions vary from country to country, and in some countries practice of protected sex or periods of abstinence are not considered.
All blood donors are required to meet FDA eligibility criteria to donate blood, every time. These eligibility criteria apply to all U. Only an estimated 38 percent of the U.