The information blockade in China has had numerous consequences. One we didn’t know about was that the communist regime had been banning lesbians from donating blood, based on the principle that homosexuals carry HIV.
Of course, lesbians who don’t use intravenous drugs have among the lowest rates of HIV infection—the CDC doesn’t have a single case of female-to-female sexual transmission in its records.
Well someone must have clued them in because finally, after 14 years, the Ministry of Health has lifted its ban on Sapphic plasma.
Sexologist Li Yinhe explained in a Global Times article that China learned about both homosexuality and AIDS in the 1980s, and many people simply equated being gay with having the disease. “Inadequate understanding of the two things is the main reason why ‘homosexuals’ [were] listed as a group not allowed to donate blood, as a way to prevent the spread of AIDS,” Li said. “Judging from the amendment, the country’s views on homosexuals and AIDS has progressed.”
The new policy states only men who have had sex with men are barred from giving blood, without referencing sexual orientation.
Great, so they’ve progressed all the way up to our country’s ass-backward policy.