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In Britain, as with many countries of this world, gay and bisexual men are banned for life from donating much needed blood because of outdated research, lifestyle and practise assumptions, and illogical reasoning! Here's a couple of facts:

1. The National Blood Service bans any man who has had protected or unprotected anal or oral sex with another man.

2. The current RATES of transmission of HIV are higher amongst the heterosexual population than in the homosexual one.

3. The NBS currently imports blood and blood products from Australia, a country in which blood donations are accepted from gay and bi men who have practised celibacy for a year and had a negative HIV test.

4. A test is available that can detect the HIV virus within 11 days of transmission, a significantly smaller window period than when the policy was put into effect.

5. A heterosexual man can donate blood irrespective of how promiscuous he is. However, a homosexual man cannot donate blood even if he is in a long term monogamous relationship, practising safe sex.

6. A woman who has had intercourse with a man, who has in turn previously has intercourse with a man, is only deferred from donation for a period of 12 Months.

I do not believe that this policy of a blanket ban is justified.

I believe these facts warrant a change in policy, to allow homosexual and bisexual men who practise safe sex, not to be arbitrarily banned from donating blood.

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