The ban on the donation of blood by men who have sex with men in France is due to be lifted ‘in the coming months’.

Minister of Health and Social Affairs Marisol Touraine announced the move as she gave blood on World Blood Donation Day yesterday.

She told Reuters: “The criterion [for donation] cannot be the nature of sexual relations or sexual orientation.

“The only criterion is that of risk, and on that point we will ensure that men who have sex with men are able to give blood because that is not, in itself, a risk factor.”

She added that the move would be made

“in the coming months”.

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