May 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm EST | by Staff reports
Denmark officials urged to reconsider blood ban
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Activists in Denmark say the blood ban there that prevents gay and bi men from donating blood lacks scientific evidence, Pink News, a British LGBT news agency, reports.

Six political parties have called on Copenhagen’s Health Minister Nick Haekkerup to revise the ban. In 2011, England, Wales and Scotland introduced a one-year deferral for gay and bi men to donate. Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Edwin Poots has resisted ending the lifetime ban there, Pink News said.

In some countries such as Uruguay, Mexico and Portugal, gay and bisexual men are able to donate blood without issue.

Enhedslisten, Denmark’s most left-wing political party, said lifting the ban would help increase blood stocks, Pink News reports.

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