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Britain To Let Gay Men Donate Blood (If They Haven’t Had Any Gay Sex In 10 Years)

Great news, do-gooding homosexual Britons: The blood police are going to let you give up your O-negatives and your AB-positives and your plasma! Well, so long as you’ve been celibate for 10 years.

Britain’s health minister Anne Milton will soon announce revised rules for donating blood that let gay men enter the mix. But there’s one big asterisk: only gay men who have not had gay sex within the past 10 years are eligible to get a needle stuck in their arm. You know, because you’re all HIV-carrying monsters, and health officials simply don’t know how to properly screen for improprieties. Also, because having butt sex with another dude three years ago, or eight years, or nine years, still makes you a risk factor!

It’s been a change year’s in the making. (See our 2009 post: “Britain Ready to Admit: No Good to Reason to Ban Gay Blood Donors.” With data showing that only two people in the U.K. have been infected with HIV via blood transfusions since 1985 (you know, when AIDS scares were all the rage), the ban on gay blood has long been viewed as outdated, discriminatory, and even malicious.

But why the 10-year hurdle?

The changes were instigated by Sabto, the advisory committee on the safety of blood, tissues and organs, which had concluded that if the ban were replaced by a new rule preventing gay men from giving blood for five years after having sex with another man, the risk of HIV reaching the blood supply would go up by less than 5%. It is estimated that this figure would halve if the “deferral” period were increased to 10 years, so ministers backed this option. The 10-year delay also ensures that people who are not aware they have contracted HIV do not pass it on accidentally.

Which means after the new rules take effect, the only gay men who will be able to legally donate blood will be … priests.

By:           Max Simon
On:           Apr 10, 2011
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  • 15 Comments
    • TheRealAdam
      TheRealAdam

      Ridiculous.

      Discrimination is discrimination is discrimination, no matter if it’s ten minutes or ten years.

      Apr 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The sane Francis
      The sane Francis

      Bullshit.

      These anti-gay blood laws basically say gay=diseased. I’ve never had an STD. I get STD checks every 1-3 months. I’m not cheating on my wife like half of married men or having sex with hookers. Yet, I can’t give blood. I knew a woman who prostituted, stopped for a year, and she gave blood, yet I can’t, solely because I’m gay. Gay men who don’t have anal sex, or who wear condoms, and have a long-term partner, can’t give blood, and it’s only because they are gay.

      Homophobia, pure and simple. In the truest sense of the word.

      Apr 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jamienoir
      jamienoir

      Or you could just do what I do and lie. Although when the question on the form is ‘have you had oral or anal sex with another man SINCE YOUR LAST DONATION?’ sometimes ticking the ‘no’ box isn’t a lie.

      Apr 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jamienoir
      jamienoir

      @The sane Francis:

      The form does ask if you’ve ever hookered or banged a hooker (I may be paraphrasing here) so I’m guessing your friend fibbed.

      Apr 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      Ann Milton is a moron of the first order. Her new rule is basically saying that if you are a man who loves to have lots of unprotected anal sex with females, go right ahead and give blood. You may have stuck your unprotected dick up her ass yesterday but you are free to give blood today.

      But woe betide if you are a man who does it to men. You’re “diseased”. You’re icky. You’re a danger to society. We have to allow a window of 10 years before you can give.

      Apr 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981
      Shannon1981

      This is just their way to get the gay rights activists off their backs. They’re still making impossible for actively gay men to donate. And they are also putting homosexuals into the category with IV drug users and prostitutes, which is so beyond insulting.

      Apr 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The sane Francis
      The sane Francis

      Projection is sad.

      Apr 10, 2011 at 11:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • joedee1969
      joedee1969

      Is our bear a birther?

      http://americaspeaksink.com/2011/04/birther-movement-unveiled/comment-page-1/#comment-28810

      Apr 11, 2011 at 6:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree
      Jeffree

      @Joedee: He’s your bear, troll face. No one else cares about you flogging a blog.

      Next time, try saying something about the topic. Be gone, buttercup !

      Apr 11, 2011 at 6:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew
      GeriHew

      Seriously, you’d have to be a complete ignoramus to assume that a man who hasn’t had sex with another man for the past 10 years is now “celibate”.

      Apr 11, 2011 at 6:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • robert in NYC
      robert in NYC

      I wonder if this report mentions straight males, single or married, who have multiple female sex partners and having unprotected sex and it doesn’t have to be anal sex? What about straight intravenous drug users, are they too mentioned? The article is vague and misleading.

      Apr 11, 2011 at 8:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KK
      KK

      “Which means after the new rules take effect, the only gay men who will be able to legally donate blood will be … priests.”

      By now we should know that priests have more sex than anyone. we should ban them

      Apr 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Enron
      Enron

      If you look at the thumb nail preview of the finger on the main page, it looks like a uncut el pene.

      Apr 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • justnow
      justnow

      this is unfair but it CAN work

      Apr 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • davidwr
      davidwr

      This will increase the blood supply slightly so it will help everyone who needs blood in the UK, but it doesn’t help nearly as much as it could.

      This will help bisexuals who are monogomous and whose partner happens to be female, but only after 10 years.

      This will help gay men whose partners have died or who have broken up and who have chosen not to become sexually active again and who have been sexually inactive for a decade. This will be mostly senior citizens.

      This will help male victims of homosexual rape – including those victimized as children or youth.

      An intelligent policy would compare the current policy, the proposed policy, and a “don’t ban gay donors at all” policy to see which one leads to the best outcome for society. Unless the UK will never have a blood shortage again, any policy which reduces the amount of blood available is bad for society and will likely lead to death because of a preventable blood shortage.

      Mar 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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