France to lift ban on blood donations from gay men

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French health minister says 32-year-old ban to avid AIDS transmission will be lifted in 2016 but will be conditional to sexual abstinence.

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France will lift a ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men starting next year, officials announced on Wednesday, joining a growing list of countries that have loosened or scrapped such restrictions, which many see as outdated vestiges of the 1980s AIDS crisis, reports The New York Times.