Currently, all men in Switzerland who have had sex with another man since 1977 are barred from donating blood – a rule brought in during the 1980s to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
According to The Local, from July 1, men who have sex with men will be able to donate blood provided that they have been celibate for 12 months.
The organization’s director Rudolf Schwabe (right) said a second step would be to assess people based on sexual behaviour rather than sexual orientation.
Last month, Ireland lifted a similar ban on gay men donating blood.
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