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  • 11th September 2014

    Northern Ireland: Top judge blasts ministers over lifetime gay blood ban row 5

    Edwin Poots has been criticised by a senior judge

    10:49 AM — Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers have clashed in a row over a court judgement about the province's lifetime ban on gay men giving blood.

  • 4th January 2012

    Comment: Sex, blood and the status quo 23

    Nine is a former LGBT editor of The Skinny magazine (Photo: Sarah G)

    11:16 AM — While Northern Ireland continues to drag its feet on lifting the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, recent developments in Great Britain are no great victory, Nine argues.

  • 24th October 2011

    SNP condemns gay blood ban 51

    The lifetime ban will be lifted on November 7th (Photo: Sarah G)

    3:21 PM — The Scottish National Party has approved a motion condeming the blood donation ban on gay men. Delegates at the party's conference in Inverness backed a motion which said that new rules allowing gay men to donate blood if celibate for a year are not good enough.

  • 22nd September 2011

    Northern Ireland health minister refuses to lift gay blood ban 70

    The ban will be lifted in England, Wales and Scotland

    10:57 AM — Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland's health minister, has refused to lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. He has said that the current policy “should not be altered” because of safety concerns around HIV transmission.

  • 8th September 2011

    UK expected to lift lifetime ban on gay blood donation later today 30

    There is currently a blanket ban on gay men donating blood

    9:03 AM — The lifetime ban on blood donation by men who have had sex with men is expected to be lifted in the UK later today. Since the 1980s AIDS crisis, gay men have been banned from donating blood because of the risk of HIV contamination.

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