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Calls for medical professionals to help end gay, bi & trans blood ban

Calls for medical professionals to help end gay, bi & trans blood ban

A new declaration for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals has been launched by Australian advocates, seeking support to replace the standing ban on gay/bi and transgender blood donation with individual risk assessments. Launched by LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal, the declaration has already been signed by over 70 medical professionals. The declaration is accompanied by […]

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WA Health considering changing wait times for blood donations

WA Health considering changing wait times for blood donations

Western Australian Health Minister Roger Cook has confirmed to OUTinPerth that he has asked the WA Health Department to review the waiting times for gay and bisexual men to donate blood. “The McGowan Government pursues excellence in care across all treatment disciplines, and for all members of the community. I have asked the Department of […]

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Brazil’s Supreme Court overturns ban of gay men donating blood

Brazil’s Supreme Court overturns ban of gay men donating blood

Brazil’s Supreme Court has overturned a the country’s ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The ban had been imposed in the 1980’s at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The move comes as more countries review the decades old restrictions on men who have sex with other men from donating blood. Across the […]

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Advocates ramp up calls for end on gay & trans blood donation ban

Advocates ramp up calls for end on gay & trans blood donation ban

LGBTIQ+ advocacy organisation just.equal are continuing their calls to put an end to a historic ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men and transgender folks. just.equal have written to all state, territory and federal health ministers, urging each to lift the celibacy requirement imposed on trans people who have had sex […]

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Advocates call on government to lift gay blood donation ban

Advocates call on government to lift gay blood donation ban

Australian LGBTIQ+ advocates will today write to the federal government and the Red Cross Blood Service, calling for the removal of a long-standing ban that prevents men who have sex with men from donating blood. The call comes as the US Food and Drug Administration lifted some restrictions on gay blood donation, reducing the period […]

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France will allow gay men to donate blood after four months

France will allow gay men to donate blood after four months

France has announced it’s revising its rules around gay men, and other men who have sex with men, and blood donation. Now people will only have to abstain from sexual activity for four months before donating blood, previously gay men had to wait for twelve months to be allowed to become donors. The health ministry, which will […]

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Review into blood donation rules for gay and bisexual men is progressing

Review into blood donation rules for gay and bisexual men is progressing

A spokesperson for the Red Cross Blood Donation Service has updated OUTinPerth on the progress of a review into the current rules surrounding blood donation. Currently men who have had sex with another man within the last twelve months are banned from donating blood. To volunteer as a blood donor gay, bisexual and other men […]

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Iceland may remove blood donation ban for gay men

Iceland may remove blood donation ban for gay men

Iceland may be reconsidering its policy of banning all gay men from donating blood after the country’s health department highlighted that almost as many heterosexual people contact the virus. Last year the Health Directorate noted that the incidence of HIV between homosexual and heterosexual people almost identical, 150 to 148 cases. When HIV first emerged […]

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Denmark will allow gay men to donate blood

Denmark will allow gay men to donate blood

Denmark has announced it will change it rules around blood donation opening the way for gay men to become donors. The country’s Health Minister Ellen Trane Nørby said the new rules would come into effect sometimes in 2019. The Minister said the country had very good systems for screening blood and it was time for the […]

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England and Scotland reduce waiting time for gay men to donate blood

England and Scotland reduce waiting time for gay men to donate blood

The UK government has announced major changes to its rules over who can donate blood. Under the new procedures gay men  in England and Scotland will only have to abstain from sex for three months, previously they had to wait a full year before being able to donate blood. Sex workers will also be allowed […]

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