AIDS Organization Pressures UK to Lift Blood Ban

The National AIDS Trust is calling on Britain’s National Blood Service to remove its lifetime ban of gays and lesbians from donating blood. The NBS responded that the discrimination was based on behavior, not orientation saying, “There is…no exclusion of gay men who have never had sex with a man, nor of women who have sex with women”, with the AIDS Trust pointing out this means only virgins could donate. South Africa, Spain and Italy have lifted similar bans. [PinkNewsUK]