On November 3rd, the French Ministry of Health made possible for men who have sex with men (MSM) to donate blood and plasma if they were sexually abstinent in the twelve months preceding the donation. This change will be effective as of the spring of 2016.
IRIS welcomes Marisol Touraine’s, Minister of Social Affairs and Health, decision which provides concrete input of MSM in blood donation, while ensuring the safety rules in light of the known epidemiological data.
This change will also allow for more data collection in support of future developments on inclusion or exclusion of individuals in blood donation. It is essential that any changes in the blood donation regulations are based on scientific data.