Comment France Announces End To Gay Blood Ban

I hope my follower Brian read this. Glad to see a country like France leading the way into sensible healthcare ideas for LGBT. Hopefully other countries will follow. Rock on FRANCE!!

PARIS (AP) — France will end its ban on blood donations by gay men, its health minister said Wednesday, calling the move the end “of a taboo and discrimination.”

Health Minister Marisol Touraine said beginning in the spring of 2016, no blood donors can be refused based on their sexual orientation. She spoke at a meeting in the Health Ministry on Wednesday after experts studied the issue.

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.

Touraine said lifting the blood donation ban will proceed in stages, to allow the government to study whether and how the risks change. Lesbians were not covered by the French ban.

“Giving blood is an act of generosity, citizenship, that cannot be conditioned on sexual orientation,” she said in a statement.

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