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"France cancelled Gay men blood donating ban"
"France is to lift a ban on gay men donating blood, introduced in the 1980s to prevent the spread of Aids.
In place since 1983, the ban has long been criticised by rights groups as outdated and discriminatory.
France will end its ban on blood donations by gay men, its health minister said Wednesday, calling the move the end 'of a taboo and discrimination.'
Health Minister Marisol Touraine said beginning in the spring of 2016, no blood donors can be refused based on their sexual orientation. She spoke at a meeting in the Health Ministry on Wednesday after experts studied the issue.
The policy shift comes after a European Court of Justice ruling in April found that government bans must follow strict conditions. Many governments had imposed lifetime bans on gay men because they are more likely than other groups to have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS."
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