Gays Allowed to Donate Blood

Gay and bisexual men will in future be allowed to donate blood in Sweden. On Tuesday the National Board of Health and Welfare decided to abolish its ban of the so-called risk groups – including gays, bisexual men and those who had sexual contacts in countries with high HIV figures.

According to the new rules, these people are allowed to become blood donors one year after they had their “risky” sexual contact. The National Board of Health and Welfare had previously been hesitant towards lifting the ban because it feared foreign companies would cease to buy blood plasma from Sweden.