Switzerland: Restrictions for male gay blood donors to remain

The Senate on Wednesday overturned a previous decision by the House of Representatives, calling on the government to drop restrictions for gay men.

Opponents argued that the current legislation, which came into force in July this year complete with restrictions on the use of blood from sexually active gay men, was not discriminatory and wanted to ensure the safety of blood recipients.

Addressing the senate, Interior Minister Alain Berset, who is in charge of health matters, came out against the proposal, saying the current rules could be eased without a legal amendment. Supporters of an unconditional donor policy argue it could help ease a shortage of blood donations. Read more via SWI