Denmark Relaxes Laws To Allow Gay Men To Donate Blood
Gay men in Denmark will soon be able to donate blood to âbetter embrace gender equalityâ.
Danish health minister Ellen Trane NÃ¸rby revealed that the new law will come into effect sometime in 2019.
âThe authority (Patient Safety) has found a model we feel is safe and we will therefore incorporate it into Denmark,â she said.
âAll safety mechanisms in our blood donation system are built on trust and we have some very advanced tests that screen the blood,â NÃ¸rby told Danish news site DR Nyheder.
The new legislation means gay men will be able to donate blood if they havenât had sex with a man within a quarantine period of four months â" the quarantine period is voided if the donor is in a relationship with one partner.
There has been a political majority in favour of making the change for many years but it wasnât until last year that the Authority for Patie nt Safety was asked to produce a model that could modernise the rules.
Since 2009, all donor blood has been screened in Denmark for the likes of HIV and hepatitis B and C.Source: Google News Denmark | Netizen 24 Denmark