PARIS, FR — (01-12-22) — France’ Health Ministry announced on Tuesday they will now allow LGBT citizens to donate blood without “discriminatory” conditions.

Beginning March 16, blood donation will be open to all French citizens regardless of a citizen’s sexual orientation, said health minister Olivier Véran. “We are putting an end to an inequality that was no longer justified,” Véran posted on Twitter.

France’s director-general of health, Jérôme Salomon, added that references to sexual orientation will be removed from blood donor forms effective March 16.

“Any person will arrive as an individual donor,” said Salomon during a press briefing on Tuesday.

France began lifting restrictions on LGBT citizen donors back in July of 2016, where they had to declare that they had not been sexually active for one year. The time period for donors was later reduced to four months in 2019.

The ban on gay men giving blood in France was made law in 1983 due to the risk of the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

LGBT French citizens will still be asked if they have had treatment for HIV in the four months before giving blood, as well as questions relating to recent drug use or sexual activity prior to donating blood.

France joins other European countries as Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom who have already lifted bans on gay men donating blood.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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