Please read this first:
BBC News - Gay blood donations ban likely to be lifted
Currently, the United Kingdom prohibits certain people from donating blood:
- Homosexual mean
- Heterosexual persons of either gender, who have had sexual intercourse with a person who has engaged in homosexual sexual intercourse at some point
- Other, non sexual orientation related factors such as countries visited, foreign medical treatment received, etc
Whilst the "Other" category I have summarised above is, in my opinion, justified, I do not believe the discriminatory prohibition on homosexuals donating blood is.
I accept that it is reported that most new infections are apparently from homosexual men, this overlooks the fact that HIV does not discriminate; indeed, I am not aware of any instance in which a virus/bacteria would.
This approach additionally, ignores the consideration that the United Kingdom has many persons resident from countries with poor or non-existent screening controls, and who are generally from areas such as Africa where HIV is wrecking entire communities, in some instances.
It is ridiculous to prohibit persons from donating blood who have a partner whom has had homosexual sexual intercourse; this may be in practice, manageable if their partner's previous sexual "habits" are known, but in reality, it is improbable that the majority of persons in a relationship, particuarly a new or recently terminated short relationship will know the full "history" of their partner.
So, what do you think?
Please, this is not the place for right-wring religious views on homosexuality, or your 'moralistic' stance on this, nor wether homosexuality is a choice or biologically defined, etc.
Let's keep it on-topic, eh? :-)