12 Jan. 2022 08:00
Authorities in Greece have lifted a decade-old ban that prevented gay and bisexual men from donating blood. Until recently, Greece was one of the few countries that upheld the restriction.
On Monday, the Greek Ministry of Health approved a revised form for potential blood donors by decree. Same-sex sexual relationships as criteria for excluding a person from donating blood have been removed from the document, the newspaper reported Kathimerini.
Previously, the potential blood donor form contained a clause stating that a man must not act as a donor if he has had sexual intercourse with another man at least once since 1977.
Following the outbreak of the HIV / AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, several countries introduced blood donation controls after infected blood donated by drug users and prison inmates contaminated supplies. According to the online portal Equaldex Greece was one of the few countries that upheld the blood donation ban for gay and bisexual men to the end. It remains in force in China, Croatia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Turkey and Slovenia. Lithuania plans to lift the ban in May 2022.
In the United States, the ban was lifted in 2015, but blood donations are now only allowed three months after the last homosexual contact. Similar deadlines, ranging from a few months to several years, apply to blood donors in about 20 other countries around the world.
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