It's Time to Allow Gay Men to Donate Blood

Gay men face obstacles to donating blood in more than 50 countries, including Brazil. It's time to change that. About 50 countries preclude gay men from donating blood, regardless of their health at the time of donation and their sexual habits, according to a report published by El País. Even countries with advanced views on the issue of gay rights, such as Germany, France, the Netherlands and Denmark, among others, bar gays from donating blood. The United States and Israel are also on the list. On the other hand, Russia, a notoriously homophobic country with a law prohibiting "distribution of homosexual propaganda," does not impose restrictions on blood donation by gay men, and neither do Chile, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal or South Africa, according to El País' survey. In 2004 the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) issued Resolution 153, which determined that men who have had sex with other men in the previous 12 months are not qualified to donate blood for one year. However, in 2011 ANVISA issued Decree 1353, which determined that "sexual orientation should not be used as a criterion in the selection of blood donors." The apparent contradiction between these two norms causes great confusion for blood collection sites and often becomes an obstacle for gay men who want to donate blood. Some end up lying about their sexual orientation to be able to donate. The prohibition -- based on a mixture of fear, ignorance, prejudice and homophobia...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news