With the coronavirus pandemic seeing blood donations slump by more than 15%, leading LGBT charity Stonewall has once again demanded a change to the law so that gay and bisexual men can give blood freely.
The law as it stands requires men who have sex with men to wait three months after having oral or anal sex with another man before donating.
Commenting on the situation, Stonewall’s head of policy, Josh Bradlow, said: “It is untrue that every gay and bi man is a high-risk donor, and we know that it is frustrating for gay and bi men that this is still thought to be the case.
“That’s why we’re calling for a system to be introduced that is based on individualised risk assessment of blood donors, rather than the restriction of an entire group.
“Stonewall is working with the government, NHSBT and other charities... to help create a fair and safe system.”
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