In a landmark vote, Northern Ireland could become Europe’s first state to allow the donation of blood from MSM (men who have sex with men).
The ban itself came into effect during the 1980s AIDS crises, whilst the majority of Western nations around the world still have this law in place. Though in some countries such as the rest of the UK, USA and Australia – men who have sex with men are permitted to donate blood so long as they have not had sexual intercourse with another man within the last year.
Northern Ireland’s health minister Simon Hamilton states that he will progress with the lifting of the ban if it is indeed safe to do so.
The vote will take place this month.