I t was a Friday morning during sixth form when a man from a blood donation charity came in to speak to us. The man 24 male looking to donate us that it was one of the most selfless and necessary acts of kindness and generosity, how we could donate blood and save lives.
Unless of course, you were gay. This wasand the law dpnate pretty stringent: I was young, and still pretty naive about queer sexualities and all that came with them, but already it seemed 24 male looking to donate that something about gay sex was deviant and dirty; those who engaged in it to be treated with mistrust.
It was just another reason to be ashamed. My heterosexual teenage friends had their sexual awakenings, slept around and talked openly of their conquests.
STIs and terminations were part of adolescence, but each and everyone one of them could donate blood. A man who had any form of sexual relationship with another man throughout his lifetime — however safe, however much time had passed — was barred.
By the abstinence period was reduced to 12 months — but 24 male looking to donate sexually active MSM, whatever their sexual practice, it was in all but name still a blanket ban. In an announcement last weekend, Justine Greening, the women and equalities minister, revealed that the month period would soon be reduced to three.
On first inspection, this might look ti a step forward — in the week that marks 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, an important and progressive step. But the reduction is simply a reflection of technological advances — so 24 male looking to donate such changes under a banner of promoting LGBT equality is disingenuous, or ignorant at best. It generally takes just four weeks for HIV to show up in a blood sample; the month deferral period is now simply out of date.
fo This new rule change purely reflects a 24 male looking to donate reality, not a shift in ideology from the approach. Equality does not mean reducing the time in which MSM must not engage in sexual activity, equality would see the introduction of an evidence-based system when deciding who is able to donate blood.
Donxte that is based on individualised risk assessments and, most important, trust. Heterosexual men 24 male looking to donate have unprotected sex with multiple partners — complete strangers — and still donate blood, while a gay or bisexual man who practises safe sex with a known partner is excluded for a three-month period. Of course, HIV still disproportionately affects the gay community — infection rates are at an alarmingly high level — but the reality is that anyone you sleep with could be at risk.
There would be uproar — and rightly so — if heterosexual people were banned from blood donation after practising safe sex with a known and trusted partner.
Instead, the NHS has a list of conditions and experiences that preclude a heterosexual person from donating blood.
Your level of risk should dictate your ability to donate blood, not the gender of your partner or partners. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.
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