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Blood Donor Report recommends end to gay blood ban

International research shows Australia can safely drop the gay blood ban. A report by Dr Sharon Dane recommends the country instead adopt a policy of individual risk assessment. Dr Dane says that would subsequently increase the available supply of safe blood. Countries including the UK, the Netherlands, Israel and Argentina previously moved to individual risk …

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Red Cross Lifeblood double-standard on tatts and GBT donors

Red Cross Lifeblood recently eased restrictions on tattooed donors. From last week, Aussies can walk straight from a tattoo parlour and into a Lifeblood centre to donate plasma. But note the word ‘straight’. The restrictions on donations from gay, bisexual and trans (GBT) donors remain. GBT donors must still abstain from sex for twelve months …

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New Campaign To End Blood Donation Inequality In Australia

A new campaign is calling for the 12 month ban on gay men donating blood in Australia. New York healthcare agency FCB Health has partnered with the Gay Mens Health Crisis (GMHC) organisation to launch the striking campaign pushing for less discriminatory regulations for gay men in several countries around blood donation. The campaign, which …

A New Zealand mother Cherie Eteveneaux was left "shocked and confused" after she was told her late son’s blood and organ tissue couldn't be donated because he was gay

Mother’s Anguish After Late Gay Son’s Organ Tissue Donation Rejected

A New Zealand mother was left “shocked and confused” after she was told her late son’s blood and organ tissue couldn’t be donated because he was gay. Cherie Eteveneaux had hoped to donate part of her 24-year-old son Corey’s tissue, such as heart valves and corneas, to help others after Corey (pictured) sustained severe injuries …