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Blood donation soon allowed for gays in the UK

Stocks of blood in the UK at 12.9.2011… without the gays. ©Blood.co.uk.

(Blogmensgo, 15 septembre 2011) As of November 7, 2011, gays will be allowed to donate blood in the United Kingdom, provided "they have not had anal or oral sex with another man during the previous twelve months, either with or without a condom. "Blood donation so aligned, for gays, the categories of donors who are currently waiting for at least twelve months "because of the risk of infection associated with sexual behavior" (drug users, women who had sex with a homo, etc.)..

Homosexual men have not been allowed (also in France, the United States and Canada) to donate blood since the 1980s, to prevent the risk of HIV infection. The Minister of Health has chosen abstinence for one year, when he originally planned to impose on potential donors an entire decade without sex.

It is the Advisory Commission on the safety of donated blood, tissue and organ (SaBTO) following its investigation published Sept. 8 (here in PDF), recommended to reduce the duration of abstinence to one year rather than ten years. The findings of SaBTO based on new studies and statistics on more reliable tests to detect epidemiologically.

The Terrence Higgins Trust, specialising in the fight against HIV / AIDS, is pleased that health authorities have not chosen to impose an abstinence gay donors of "five, ten or twenty years." And the executive director of the association, Nick Partridge, considering that the new criteria "are necessary, fair and reasonable," although "like most gays, I can still not give my blood since the new regulations" .

Fergus Walsh, medical columnist for the BBC, reported on their blog that any potential candidate, whether male or female, homosexual or heterosexual, is not allowed in Spain to give blood within six months after a changed sexual partner.

Comment. This is still feels a bit discriminatory, but the new data by removing the most excessive.

This article has been translated from an original article written on our French Blog.  To view the article, please click here.

Matt & Philca / MensGo

Via Le Monde and BBC News


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