Gay South Africans Excluded From Donating Blood
January 13, 2006
"A man who has had sex with another man within the last five years, whether oral or anal sex, with or without a condom or other form of protection, is not permitted to donate blood and must please not do so," South African National Blood Service chief Robert Crookes said Thursday. "Even though the blood services tests every blood donation for certain infectious diseases, which can be transmitted to patients by blood transfusion, no test available can detect every infectious blood donation," he said. Crookes said the organization's rule is based on international practice and on published studies showing that men who have sex with men have increased risk of HIV and other blood borne infections. Gay and lesbian groups planned to protest the policy at blood donation clinics Friday.
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