SANBS: Gay men may donate blood

A gay rights organisation says they're pleased with the change.

A decision by the South African National Blood Service to change its policy allowing gay men to donate blood has been widely welcomed.

JOHANNESBURG - A decision by the South African National Blood Service to change its policy allowing gay men to donate blood has been widely welcomed.

Previously, sexually active homosexual men were not allowed to donate blood as they were seen as being at a higher risk of HIV and Aids infections.

Dawie Nel from gay rights organisation, OUT, said they were pleased with the change.

"Our argument was that it's not about gay identity, but about risky behaviour and I hope it will encourage more gay men to donate blood."