Israel relaxes restrictions on blood donation by gay men

Israel has relaxed its restrictions of sexual abstinence on gay men who wish to donate blood, as a result of a new procedure that will only used blood plasma component. As a key population at risk of HIV, gay men face sexual abstinence conditions for blood donation across the world. While Israel did not permit gay men to donate blood at all earlier, the twelve month sexual abstinence rule was introduced in June 2017.