Gay men in Britain may now donate bloodSeptember 8th, 2011 - 4:29 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 8 (IANS) Homosexual men across Britain will now be able to donate blood as government restrictions are likely to be lifted, a media report said Thursday.
A lifetime ban was put in place in the country in the 1980s as a response to the spread of HIV/AIDS, The Independent reported.
Now, politicians are expected to rethink the policy after studies recommended lifting the restrictions.
Experts from the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs completed a review on the ban earlier this year.
The findings suggested that restrictions could be lifted for gay men, but for only those who have not had sex for a decade, the daily said.
A survey of homosexual men by gay parade organisers suggested 95 percent of them were willing to donate blood.
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