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Sweden OKs Gay Blood Donors, But Only If You Swear Off Sex for a Year

Two steps forward, one step back, as the kids (used to) say. Beginning March 1, Sweden will make the logical step of letting gay men donate blood, inserting their gross, ewwwwy platelets into the national blood supply. But: only if said gay men say they haven’t had sex with other dudes in the past year. That’s because Swedish health officials — who will continue testing all donated blood for contaminants — will still ban anyone who engaged “sexually risky behaviour,” a list that still includes anal sex. And by the way, the announcement was timed to World AIDS Day, because this is supposedly a really big deal. Which, let’s be sure, it is. But the stigmatization of gay men continues unabated.