At the beginning of next year, the Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea will launch a study on the eligibility of blood donors. One aim of the study is to examine the impact of male-to-male sexual contact on blood donation.
Currently, male-to-male sexual contact causes a deferral of blood donation. This means that men are only eligible to donate blood if at least 12 months have passed since their last male-to-male sexual contact.
The previous corresponding study was carried out in 2013. The Blood Service considers the study necessary and justified as the deferral periods related to risky sexual behaviour have to be assessed periodically.
There is ongoing international debate about the deferral periods related to risky sexual behaviour, and new research data on the subject is utilised in the risk assessment carried out in Finland.
The Blood Service will provide its expertise for the study.