Words: Eva O’Beirne
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) has appealed to the public to donate blood as supplies are “very low”.
With less than ten days’ supply for five blood types, the IBTS has asked for 3,000 donations this week, regardless of blood type.
Approximately one in four people will require a blood transfusion in their lifetime.
In December it was announced that the IBTS would remove the blood donation deferral for gay and bisexual men by the end of 2022. From March 2022, men who have sex with men (MSM) are permitted to give blood four months after their last sexual contact with a man.
To check your eligibility to give blood or find your nearest blood donor clinic, click here.
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