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French MPs debate ending Limitations on blood donors

French MPs are debating whether to back moves to quit making some homosexual men wait four weeks before they’re permitted to donate blood.

The delay was enforced by the Ministry of Health amid the belief that sexually active homosexuals are a high-risk group and may spread viruses like HIV through their contributions. They’re requested to stay celibate for 16 weeks before being permitted to give blood.

In late June, about 100 French MPs, sitting on a special parliamentary committee, voted to an amendment saying that”donor choice criteria can’t be based upon the gender of their spouse (s) with whom the donor has experienced sexual relations” within a larger — more contentious — bioethics invoice.

But it has to be endorsed with French MPs until it could become law. The bill is now being debated in France’s parliament.

The opportunity of getting HIV is 22 times greater among men who have sex with men (MSM) based on UNAIDS. The contribution delay had been reduced from 12 to four weeks in April from the then-minister of wellbeing, Agnès Buzyn.

Clément Molizon, a spokesman for French LGBT organization SOS Homophobie, asserts that”it makes no sense to discuss high-risk people”. He explained it is much better to speak about”risky behavior”.

“If you’re in a relationship and you’re being loyal, there’s not any reason that you couldn’t donate blood,” explained Molizon.

Procedures already need blood donations to be rigorously analyzed to rule out them being infected with viruses like HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and syphilis. But advocates for the ban say that the test could be incorrect.

Back in France, the opportunity to obtain a virus in a blood donation is one in 6.6 million contributions for its 2016-2018 period, based on Santé Publique France.