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Gay men in Britain can now donate blood as long as they haven’t had sex in a decade.

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A ban on gay men donating blood in the UK has now being lifted after it was decided the rule in place was discriminatory and was breaching equality legislation. But with the new proposed  rule now allowing gay men to only donate blood on the proviso that they haven’t had sex in ten years pauses one to consider how much has really changed. That said the UK Telegraph now reports such a lifting has reignited fears amongst British transfusion patients.

telegraph.co.ukGay rights campaigners have pushed for the ban to be lifted, saying many homosexual men are in long-term monogamous relationships, practise safe sex or have been celibate for years.

A Government source said: “A complete ban is unfair and discriminatory but we need to protect public health, so the 10-year rule is what is being considered.”

10 years? One has to wonder by sheer definition what defines a gay man. Is it the act of identifying oneself a gay man? It’s culture or by the idea one is gay as long as they engage in same sex? If a man hasn’t had sex with another man in ten years- can society really judge him to be gay despite their professed sexual orientation? In the strictest sense can a man be considered to still be gay if he hasn’t had same sex in ten years and if so is the current proposed policy shift a kind of obtuse idea essentially singling out gay culture?

The current system is based on trust. There are no checks to ensure donors are telling the truth about their sexuality and around seven per cent of sexually active gay men are thought to give blood despite the ban.

Which begs the question with the UK’s public health minister Anne Milton pushing for a change in transfusion status if somehow the rule is perversely even more discriminatory than what current standards of the law currently in place?  So much for trust.

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  • cnicholas

    If anyone is thinking about or looking for alternatives to blood transfusions, I suggest you take a look at “Bloodless Medicine & Surgery”. It’s a growing trend around the world. The treatment has proved safer for patients and leads to faster recovery and shorter stays in hospital. It also saves money for the hospital. Blood is very expensive.

    http://bit.ly/gJy4z2

    &

    http://tinyurl.com/3k6282j

    Also see:
    “The team focus on improving blood transfusion. (Abstract Here)”
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21449243

    Thanks,
    N.

  • Hella

    Everything is pointless. 3 months (without sex, or only “safe sex”) you need – for yourself – to determine for sure that you do not have the HIV virus intus.
    Everything else is a matter of trust in the info you give. … and has nothing to do with gay people or hetero.

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