UK Lifts Gay Blood Donor Ban

Jim Burroway

April 12th, 2011

But you have to be celibate for ten years before you can donate.

Ben in Oakland

April 12th, 2011


doner is a turkish meat based comestible.

Ben in Oakland

April 12th, 2011

processed meat food.


April 12th, 2011

Picking nits, but I don’t think a proper doner would be considered a processed food, isn’t it just stacked up layers of marinated meat?

Jim Burroway

April 12th, 2011

For some reason, I often get doners and votors mixed up. Plus, spell check doesn’t work on headlines. Stupid English.

Other Fred in the UK

April 12th, 2011

A very curious leak to the press. I am interested to know why it was leaked. But far more importantly, I would like to read the report of the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO), to discover why the lifetime ban was reduced to 10 years rather than something shorter.


April 12th, 2011

A decade of celibacy? Is that really necessary? I thought at most it took six months for HIV antibodies to show up on tests. And don’t forget there are tests that even detect the actual virus in the blood.


April 12th, 2011

But it doesn’t bear out with the science here.

Mark F.

April 13th, 2011

Well, the HIV antibody test is already 99.99% accurate for blood donations. But by screening out high risk gay men, they decrease the risk only very, very slightly of some HIV infected blood getting through. This has to be balanced against the decrease in blood donations caused by the policy. I’d say a 6-12 month celibacy requirement is more reasonable.


April 15th, 2011

What about 10+ years of absolute monogamy?

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