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UK: N. Ireland lifts the ban on gay men donating blood.

Discussion in 'European Politics' started by Zanna, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. Zanna

    Zanna Well-Known Member

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    ...However they are only permitted to donate blood after a year has passed from having sexual relationships with other men.

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/02/northern-ireland-lift-ban-gay-men-donating-blood
     
  2. Reddie

    Reddie Well-Known Member

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    What exactly does the blood of gay men have that makes them unfit to donate blood?

    If someone is willing to donate blood their sexual orientation should be of no concern to anyone.

    That condition "give blood one year after their last sexual contact with another man" invalidates the repealing of the law.
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    HIV.
    Ask India why it matters.
     
  4. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

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    In this case also heterosexuals shouldnt be allowed to donate blood as they also get HIV.
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    In vastly lower percentages. But all blood here is tested and quarantined for this reason. But no point in wasting resources on high risk. There IS a cost associated with collecting the blood.
     
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