The UK will let some sexually active gay and bisexual men give blood, ending a controversial ban

A storage bag is filled with just-donated blood at an NHS National Blood Service collection center.

London (CNN)The UK will allow some sexually active gay and bisexual men to donate blood, overturning a ban that originated during the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and has been decried as homophobic for years.

From 2021, men in a long-term relationship will be able to give blood at any time, the government said, in what it described as a "landmark" change.
But other men who have sex with men (MSM) will still need to refrain from sex for three months before donating.