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Blood: Donors

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to allow gay men to donate blood. (254900)

Current policy excludes men who have ever had sex with men, whatever their sexual orientation, from blood donation.

The United Kingdom adopts a highly precautionary approach to blood safety. The guiding principle is that if the best available evidence shows that there are reasonable grounds to believe that a course of action will improve the safety of the blood, this action should be taken. The Department is committed to regularly reviewing this evidence, and has asked its expert advisory committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs to do this in 2009.