Northern Ireland to lift gay-blood lifetime ban

Belfast, June 2 (IANS) Northern Ireland authorities were on Thursday set to lift a lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill was due to make the announcement later on Thursday, BBC reported.

A lifetime ban came into force across Britain during the 1980s AIDS crisis, but was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in November 2011.

Northern Ireland retained the permanent ban.

–IANS

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