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Allow gay men to donate blood without the rules

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Allow gay men to donate blood without the rules, politicians say. In the Altinget, Linea Søgaard-Lidell (V), Monika Rubin (M) and Flemming Møller Mortensen (S) said it does not make sense that gay men do not get the same opportunities as heterosexuals to donate blood. Danish laws currently state that gay men can only donate blood if they have not had sex with another man within four months before a donation. The rule was implemented in 2020 to prevent HIV transmission. However, the screening method used today is, according to experts, safer because the risk of allowing gay men to donate blood is minimal. Minister of Health Sophie Løhde has asked the Danish Patient Safety Authority to look into how the rules can be relaxed. There are no rules in place for gay blood donors in Germany, the Netherlands, France or the United Kingdom. 

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