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

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