Individuals who identify as female and have sex with a man, may be eligible to donate blood, if all other blood donation eligibility criteria are applicable. If an individual was previously deferred from donating blood due to msm, that person will need to call the donor and client support center at to confirm eligibility before coming to donate. Those who are eligible to donate, they said, should donate blood on behalf of someone who cant. Blood donation is crucial to keep the health service running. To maintain a safe blood supply and protect donors, there are restrictions on who can donate blood and when. For example, you cant give blood if you are unwell or have had a new piercing in the preceding four months. gay and bisexual men began showing up at blood banks to donate immediately, only to be turned away. Estok was trying to donate his blood plasma as a part of the mount sinai hospital systems blood. Why cant gay men donate blood? A lifetime ban on men who have sex with men donating blood was initially enforced following the rise of hiv and hepatitis b in the 70s and 80s, but was changed in 2011. This list shows countries that had restrictions on blood donors. Most national standards require direct questioning regarding a mans sexual history, but the length of deferral varies. November 2017 a 3-month wait for men who have sex with men was introduced following changes to sabto guidance we have some of the worlds most progressive rules about who can and cant give blood.