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 behaviors, 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.
The changes will be implemented by summer 2021. All blood donors with one sexual partner and who have been with their sexual partner for more than three months, will 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 recommended the changes after examining the latest evidence relating to blood donation and sexual behavior.