Simon Hamilton said patient safety was the sole reason for NI keeping its ban.
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Gay blood ruling: NI minister to consider European judgement

Northern Ireland's stand-in health minister Simon Hamilton has said he will examine a ruling by Europe's highest court on gay men giving blood.

The European Court of Justice ruled that a lifetime ban may be justified in member states if no effective detection techniques exist within the country.

The ECJ said countries must establish if such donors were at high risk of acquiring infectious diseases like HIV.

Mr Hamilton said patient safety was the sole reason for NI keeping its ban.

BBC News NI's Health Correspondent Marie-Louise Connolly reports.

  • 29 Apr 2015