In 2011 the blanket ban on gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) donating blood in the UK was lifted.
However, any man who has had sex with another man is still banned from donating blood for 12 months after his last sexual experience, and there is a complete blanket ban on anyone who has ever had sex for money or who has ever injected drugs. The 12 month deferral period also applies to female blood donors who have had sex with a man who has had male partners. In light of the advancements made not only in screening capabilities, but in immunisation levels, the time has come to once again look at who should be able to donate blood.
Excluding people who may be able to donate threatens a sufficient supply of blood, something 1 in 4 of us will rely on at some point in our life. FreedomToDonate are today launching their nationwide campaign on securing a review into the guidelines on who can donate blood. With a 40% drop in blood donations over the last 10 years and a quarter of people receiving a crucial blood donation over their lifetime, the campaign says that the time has come for the Government to once again look into who is able to donate blood. To hear more reasons for supporting the campaign, visit www.freedomtodonate.co.uk