Thai Red Cross to Adopt New Policy Banning Blood Donations From MSM
April 3, 2008
The Thai Red Cross Society plans to adopt a policy that bans blood donations from men who have sex with men, the Bangkok Post reports. TRCS said it recently discovered large amounts of unused donated blood that tested positive for HIV. In-depth interviews and preliminary tests found that most of the blood was donated by MSM who had engaged in risky sex, Soisaang Pikulsod, director of the TRCS' National Blood Centre, said. Under the new policy, NBS will screen high-risk donors through questionnaires that will ask men to identify whether they are MSM. The questionnaires also will ask women to say whether they have had sex with men from high-prevalence countries. Donor questionnaires and declarations can help reduce the risk of accepting blood from HIV-positive people, according to a study recently published in Transfusion Medicine, Soisaang said.
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