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Gay men will be allowed to donate blood in Denmark by 2019

Denmark is looking to modernise its blood donation system to 'embrace gender equality'.

2018-08-26

Gay men will finally be allowed to donate blood in Denmark by 2019. 

After several years of campaigning, Denmark is finally modernising its blood donation system to "embrace gender equality".

Danish health Minister Ellen Trane Nørby revealed the plans for a modern system, which is expected to come into place sometime in 2019.

Speaking to Danish news site DR Nyheder, Nørby said: "The authority [patient safety] has found a model we feel is safe and we will, therefore, incorporate it into Denmark. All safety mechanisms in our blood donation system are built on trust and we have some very advanced tests that screen the blood."

Under the new rules, gay men will be allowed to donate blood if they haven't had sex with another man within the last four months. However, the four-month period is voided if the blood donor is in a relationship with one partner.