Australia: Gay Blood Donor Complaint Dismissed
June 4, 2009
Four years after a gay man who was denied the opportunity to donate blood to the Australian Red Cross (ARC) filed a complaint with the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, that body has dismissed his complaint as unsubstantiated.
Dr. Philippa Hetzel of ARC's Blood Service noted that the deferral is not due to sexual preference but rather a response to the difficulty of detecting acute infections. "We know this is a very difficult matter for many people in the community, and we wish to reassure them that our main concern is the safety of our blood supply," Hetzel said.
Australian Associated Press
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