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Opponents of the lifetime ban point to new testing techniques which are able to detect the HIV virus in the blood after as little as 12 days - down from three to six months previously. Accessibility links Skip to content Skip to local navigation Accessibility Help. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets CSS if you are able to do so. The Terence Higgins Trust supports the review, but urges everyone to adhere to the rules in the meantime. In the US there have been calls for the policy to be reviewed. In Germany we don't allow people who were in the UK for six months between to inclusive to give blood because of the fear of Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease. However, its chief executive Ben Summerskill said there would still be tighter controls on low-risk gay men than on high-risk heterosexuals. The lifetime ban on blood donations by homosexual and bisexual men will be lifted in England, Scotland and Wales. She said there had been advances in the testing of donated blood which had significantly reduced the chance of errors and had reduced the size of the "window period".