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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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Study shows gay & bisexual men eager to donate blood if allowed

Study shows gay & bisexual men eager to donate blood if allowed

Advocates have highlighted the results of a new study which shows many gay & bisexual men (GBM) who are seeking to give blood choose not to, rather than abstaining from sexual contact for 12 months. The study, funded by the Australian Research Council and published in Transfusion peer-reviewed journal, concluded that there is a “high level of […]

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New campaign urges health ministers to end gay blood donation ban

New campaign urges health ministers to end gay blood donation ban

LGBTIQ+ advocates have launched a new campaign that hopes to remove the historic ban on gay and transgender people donating blood. Just.equal and PFLAG are encouraging supporters of a non-discriminatory blood policy to write to Australia’s health ministers who are currently considering changes to existing blood donation policy. Just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, says the current […]

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LGBTIQ+ advocates say revised blood donation ban is not enough

LGBTIQ+ advocates say revised blood donation ban is not enough

Australian LGBTIQ+ advocates continue to urge the government to lift the ban on blood donations for men who have sex with men, asking to shift the focus from gay sex to unsafe sex. The Australian Red Cross’ blood service Lifeblood has announced the blood donation governing body, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, has agreed to reduce […]

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Blood donations rules to be reviewed

Blood donations rules to be reviewed

Australia’s health ministers have agreed to bring forward a review of the rules that prevent men who have had sex with other men (MSM) from donating blood. Currently MSM are banned from donating blood. To be eligible gay men must abstain from sex for 12 months. The longstanding rules were developed when there was concern […]

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Victorian government looks into gay blood donor bans

Victorian government looks into gay blood donor bans

The Victorian government will call on all Australian states to lift the ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood at today’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting. Under the current rules men are prohibited from donating blood if they’ve had sex with another man within the last 12 months. The ban […]

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France end blood donation ban for same sex attracted men

France end blood donation ban for same sex attracted men

  French authorities will end blanket bans on donating blood for gay and bisexual men. The bans, which are a relic of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, prevented any male who has sex with other men from ever donating blood in the country. The Netherlands recently took similar action, ending their discriminatory policy just […]

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Greens call for an end to gay blood donation bans

Greens call for an end to gay blood donation bans

The Australian Greens are calling for a review of the long-standing deferral period which disallows gay men and men who have sex with men to give blood for 12 months after engaging in sexual activity. The party’s LGBTI spokesperson Senator Robert Simms says he has written to Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson calling for the […]

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Poet writes in own blood to protest gay donation laws

A Welsh poet has taken to pouring more than his heart and soul into his art, replacing ink with his own blood for a Parisian exhibition entitled ‘Words&Blood’. 24-year-old RJ Arkhipov began exploring his new found medium after a trip to donate blood resulted in a confronting conversation. “I remember feeling slightly ashamed in having […]

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