France said that it will end its ban on gay men donating blood. French authorities imposed the ban in 1983.
Under the new policy, gay men who want to give their blood must abstain from sex with another man for 12 months prior. The period is shortened to four months if the man only gives blood plasma.
"Giving blood is an act of generosity, of civic responsibility, and the donor´s sexual orientation cannot be a condition. While respecting patient safety, today we are lifting a taboo," French Health Minister Marisol Touraine explained.