The Colombian Constitutional Court ordered the country’s health authorities to modify the rules and procedures “that discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity,” which will allow members of the LGBT community to donate blood.
The Ministry of Health and Social Protection and the National Institute of Health (INS) will have to modify any reference made to sexual orientation and gender identity as groups or risk factors in blood donation.
The decision was adopted by the court as a result of a guardianship presented by a couple of men who were denied the possibility of donating blood for having a sentimental relationship.
The Valle del Lili Foundation, in the city of Cali, assured that the refusal was due to health guidelines.
The Ministry of Health and the INS do not allow men who have sex with other men, as well as trans women, to donate blood because they are a population at higher risk of exposure to HIV.