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New rules on blood donation come into force

Changes to rules on blood donation will maintain the safety of the blood supply while allowing more people to donate.

Changes to the rules on blood donation in England come into force on 28 November.

Before every donation, all donors must complete a Donor Health Check and have a private health screening where they may be asked confidential questions based on their completed form.

Subject to meeting the other donation rules, the following groups will now be able to donate after 3 months have passed since the last sexual activity:

  • men who have had sex with another man
  • commercial sex workers
  • people who have had sex with a partner at high risk of having a sexually transmitted infection

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