Men who have sex with men are barred from giving blood in England, Scotland and Wales for three months after sexual activity – but some are deciding to break the rules.
“It galls me every time I hear an advert on the radio asking for people to give blood, when there’s a huge section of society that is just denied that for no good reason,” says David – not his real name.
He is a sexually active gay man who donates blood to the NHS several times a year.
“I grew up in a family who gave blood regularly and instilled in me that that was the right thing to do,” he tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.
“I did it before I started having sex with men