The fact is that only screening someone for being a man having sex with another man does not prevent HIV from getting into the blood supply. The fact is that if we want to screen for risk, we should be screening everyone for risky lifestyle practices. The fact is that since we only ask if a man has had sex with another man and don’t care about the sexual practices of others, that is homophobia and discrimination.
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If I want to donate blood and I just had unprotected sex with a man I don’t know, I can still donate blood. Meanwhile, if a gay man in a monogamous relationship has sex with their partner, protected or not, they are not allowed to donate. They do screen for other lifestyle practices, such as tattoos, but they do NOT screen everyone for their sexual practices at least here in the US, my understanding is the UK just has a shorter wait period of 3 months as opposed to the 12 months here.
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They ask lots of disqualifying questions regarding heterosexual sex as well. Y’all didn’t read the article, have no clue of the screening process for blood donation and yet have these very loud, and unsurprisingly off base opinions. As a straight woman who donates blood, I can tell you that I have to answer questions about my sexual history every time I donate, along with questions about travel, tattoos, needles, and drugs recreational and prescription. Diagnosis of HIV can take 3-6 months.
It can be undetectable at early stages and therefore it’s dangerous for anyone who is engaging in high-risk sex or has had sexual contact with someone from a high-risk country to donate. It’s not homophobia, and it’s not racism. It’s simply due to the fact that laboratory testing is unable to detect an antibody response very early on. People should not be breaking these rules. They are not there to discriminate.