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# Blood donation

This year
US set to ease AIDS-era blood donation rules for gay men
Under the current policy, gay and bisexual men must abstain from sex for three months to be eligible to donate blood.
Last year
New blood donation changes come into effect lifting blanket rules based on sexual orientation
The IBTS will assess each donor’s eligibility to donate on a person-by-person basis, rather than applying risks associated with specific populations.
All time
Ireland's restrictions on blood donation by gay and bisexual men to be eased from next year
Men who have sex with other men have to wait more than a year to give blood.
Appeal for blood donations as hospitals warned services down to a three-day supply
The supply has dwindled due to demand over the summer months, Covid, and seasonal illnesses.
Poll: Do you donate blood?
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service imported a supply of blood from the UK earlier this week.
Blood shortage sees IBTS importing bulk consignment from UK for first time since 1990s
The IBTS is asking for public support to maintain the blood supply over the summer months.
Man brings High Court challenge over IBTS policy on gay men donating blood
The action has been taken by 27-year-old Tomas Heneghan.
Poll: Do you donate blood?
Health Minister Simon Harris has encouraged people to give blood over the coming weeks.
'There's no better symbol of integration than the exchange of blood:' Polish residents launch Bloody Foreigners campaign
The Polish community in Ireland are encouraging their members to give blood donations.
'We have limited time': Urgent appeal for blood donations as just three-day supply left
All IBTS clinics nationwide were closed last week for a number of days due to the impact of Storm Emma.
Want to donate blood more often? It doesn't have any major side effects
A major randomised trial could have an impact worldwide.
Lifetime ban on gay men donating blood lifted
From today, a man who last had sex with another man more than 12 months ago will now be able to donate blood if he meets the other blood donor selection criteria.
Poll: Do you donate blood?
Supplies are currently running low.
"People always say 'yes absolutely I'll give blood' but they don't" - Why are fewer people giving blood?
First time blood donation levels have dropped by a fifth in the last decade.
'They openly debated what sort of sex I had': What it was like being at the centre of the blood-ban case
Tomás Heneghan took a case against the Irish Blood Transfusion Service to get rid of the lifelong ban on gay men giving blood.
Tourist undergoes emergency surgery after strangers in Thailand queue to give blood
Lucy Hill (21) received the blood type required for a transfusion after an online campaign for donors went viral.
Irish Blood Transfusion Service: 'We've been exposing donors to developing anaemia'
A new test introduced in July last year has been failing to identify donors with an iron deficiency.
European Court of Justice rules lifetime ban of gay men giving blood "may be justified"
The Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has moved to have the ban lifted in Ireland.
Gay men still can't donate blood in Ireland – it's not only unfair, it's illogical
Our blood banks often run low, yet we are locking thousands of safe donors out.
Health Minister Leo Varadkar wants to lift the ban on gay men donating blood
The minister wants to see the ban replaced with a 12 month deferral period.
Department looks at options for lifting ban on gay men donating blood
A policy paper being examined sets out options including a total removal of the ban and a time deferral on donation.
Cork man starts 'Bloodnominations' after best friend's cancer diagnosis
35-year-old David McCarthy found out his friend Pete has bone marrow cancer and said he wanted to feel like he was doing something.
Tracing The Blood Line: Here’s what happens to your blood after you donate
Ever wondered what happens to blood after it’s been donated? Here it is explained.
More blood donations needed to meet demand of ageing populations
A study shows that more blood donors will be needed in the future to cater for the ‘grey tsunami of ageing populations’ and the complex surgeries they will be getting.
Three in four hospital interns take blood without gloves
A survey of medical interns in two of Dublin’s teaching hospitals reveals that just 26 per cent wear gloves when taking blood.