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The gay men breaking blood donation rules - MetNews
In 2017, rules were relaxed in England, Scotland and Wales to allow men who have sex with men to give blood after abstaining from sexual activity for three months. Previously, they had to wait a year – which remains the case in Northern Ireland. NHS Blood and Transplant – the organisation that looks after blood in England – says the timeframe exists because, while all donations are screened, “there is a period of time following contact with any infection when it would not be detected by our screening tests”. ‘Deep homophobia’ The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) – which advises UK health departments – recommended the changes after concluding new testing systems were accurate …