"It's a Sin" and today's HIV epidemic

"It's a Sin" and today's HIV epidemic

By Danny Beales, Head of Policy & Campaigns The reaction to Channel 4’s groundbreaking drama "It’s a Sin" has been fascinating. Finally HIV is on the agenda. There’s been a lot of discussion about "It’s a Sin" and the period’s...

Blood donation, who are we really discriminating against?

Blood donation, who are we really discriminating against?

In my last blog I wrote about the complex matter of blood donation rules and gay men. I looked at the question of whether the rules are discriminatory – men cannot currently give blood if they have had sex with another man in the previous 12 months. The conclusion was that they are not discriminatory if they are a reasonable and evidence-based attempt to protect the safety of the blood supply. Is the 12 month deferral for gay men reasonable and evidence-based? We suspect it may no longer be so and the rules need to be reviewed to ensure no discrimination is taking place.

Blood donation and gay men – the wrong focus?

Blood donation and gay men – the wrong focus?

It’s National Blood Week and this year the call for blood donors is more urgent than ever with the announcement that the number of donors has fallen by 40% over the last 10 years. With such a crisis in donation why is it that there remains a restriction on any man giving blood who has had sex with another man in the previous 12 months? This week sees many calling for an end to such restrictions as unnecessary and discriminatory – as well as counter-productive given the shortage of donors.