France to end its ban on blood donation by gay men
Published 04/11/2015 | 11:23
France is to end its ban on blood donation by gay men, with the country's health minister hailing it as the end of "a taboo and discrimination".
Minister Marisol Touraine told Le Monde newspaper that from spring next year, no blood donors can be refused based on their sexual orientation.
The policy shift comes after a European Court of Justice ruling in April found that government bans must follow strict conditions.
Many governments had imposed lifetime bans on gay men because they are more likely than other groups to have HIV, the virus that causes Aids.
Ms Touraine said lifting the blood donation ban will proceed in stages, to allow the government to study whether and how the risks change.