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French MPs want law change on gay blood donors

MPs are looking at changing the law on giving blood to align the rules for gay and bi people with those for straight people.

Heterosexuals must not have had sex that put them at increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases in the last four months (more than one partner, unprotected sex with a new partner, sex with someone with an STD or who had un­pro­tected sex with someone else or whose sexual behaviour is unknown to you). Homo­sexuals must declare they have not had sex for a year.

The proposal has support but still needs to go for a full vote.

Campaign group SOS Homo­phobie said it would end a “stigmatisation” of those who have same-sex relations and that it should be behaviour – not orientation – that matters.

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