By Manon C. Posted on January 12, 2022 at 8:12 p.m.
The Ministry of Health announced that as of March 16, all French people could donate blood, regardless of their sexual orientation.
This is great news for blood donation, even though reserves are at their lowest for months in France: as of March 16, the blood donation will now be open to all French people, whatever their sexual orientation, And this without conditions. This Tuesday, January 11, 2022, the Ministry of Health announced that the government was putting an end to this “discrimination“.
From mid-March 2022, there will be no “no more reference to sexual orientation” in the questionnaires prior to donations. “Anyone will arrive as a individual donor.“ announced Jérôme Salomon, Director General of Health. A breakthrough that is part of the bioethics law, but also a “political will” from the Minister of Health.
“L’extreme vigilance health authorities allows for changes in the conditions of access to blood donation. The level of risk (transmission of HIV by transfusion) steadily declining for decades “ he continued. A new criterion will nevertheless be added to the questionnaire: the donor must declare whether he takes a treatment for pre- or post-exposure HIV prophylaxis. If so, the donation will be postponed four months later.
As a reminder, while several countries, like theSpain, Italy, Israel or even england, have already opened blood donation to all their citizens, France had taken a first step in this direction in July 2016. Since that date, the gay men could, in fact, donate blood on condition that they had had a period ofsexual abstinence one year – reduced to 4 months in 2019.