Home > News > Public Health Updated 22 May 2014 Gay men may now also donate blood in SA The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has implemented a new policy on blood donations which no longer discriminates against sexually-active gay men. 3 Previously, men who had sex with men were seen as having a higher risk of being infected with HIV/Aids and were only allowed to donate blood if they were celibate for six months or longer, according to Mambaonline.However, this 2006 policy was widely criticised as being discriminatory, especially as heterosexual people who engaged in risky or casual sex were allowed to donate blood. The HIV/Aids rate in South Africa is higher among heterosexuals.The new policy on blood donations favours people in monogamous relationships, regardless of their sexuality. Mambaonline described this as "a victory for fairness and equality". According to the SANBS, anybody who has a new sexual partner will not be allowed to donate blood for six months, and anyone who has multiple sexual partners will not be allowed to donate blood – regardless of their sexuality.The Cape Times reported on Thursday that this new criteria has come into effect through the department of health.The SANBS said that since 2005 there have been no reported cases of HIV being transferred through blood transfusions.June is Blood Donor Month, and 14 June is World Blood Donor Day.Want to donate blood? Check out the SANBS map to find a blood donor centre near you. Read more:Blood donation – what our users sayTop excuses for not donating blood Exactly why should you donate blood Image: man donating blood, Shutterstock NEXT ON HEALTH24X SEE: Eating 3 healthy meals on a budget 2017-09-19 14:49 More: NewsPublic Health advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 3 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news News SEE: Eating 3 healthy meals on a budget Medical You won't believe how far tattoo ink can travel in your body Parenting Should young children own cellphones? Medical How to dice an onion without crying your eyes out Lifestyle Substance abuse? There's an app for that Lifestyle Large percentage of ER visits preventable From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Great skin is just a click away! WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher 8 strategies for treating both your bladder problems and your depression Symptoms differ from person to person, identifying what triggers your IBS Live healthier Beware! » 7 steps for surviving the flu 'I nearly died at an Adele concert’ How to tell if your doctor's a quack Your health is precious, so you need to be sure your doctor's the real deal. Bathroom etiquette » Less salt may lead to fewer nighttime bathroom trips SEE: 9 more funny bathroom signs Which office bathroom habits are the most important? Can you maintain your professionalism in your bathroom cubicle?