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Qld Health Minister backs removal of gay blood donation ban

The Queensland health minister has called on her federal counterpart to prioritise Australia safely easing restrictions currently banning most gay men from blood donation. In Australia, sexually active gay and bi men, trans women and some non-binary folk who have sex with men – including in long-term relationships – can’t donate blood unless they abstain …

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Labor national conference votes to end gay blood ban

Delegates at the Labor National Conference in Brisbane today voted to end the gay blood ban and adopt individual risk assessment for all blood donors. The vote follows the Queensland State Labor Conference backing the removal of the gay blood ban in June this year. Tasmanian delegate, Benjamin Dudman moved today’s successful motion. He thanked …

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Gay blood ban removal backed at Queensland Labor Conference

The Queensland State Labor Conference has shown support for the removal of the ban on blood donation by gay and bisexual men and trans women who have sex with men.  The Conference passed a motion from Rainbow Labor calling on the Federal Labor Government to remove all blood bans for gay and bisexual men and …

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US adopts Individual Risk Assessment for blood donors

Australian gay blood donation campaigners this week welcomed a US decision to adopt Individual Risk Assessment to determine blood donor eligibility. The change allows gay men to give blood subject to the same conditions as everyone else. A spokesperson for Let Us Give urged Australia to follow suit. The US Food & Drug Administration’s decision …

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Aussie advocates welcome US move on gay blood ban

The Aussie Let Us Give campaign today welcomed a proposal from US blood authorities to remove that country’s gay blood ban and adopt individual risk assessment. The group called on Australia’s Red Cross Blood Service to move quickly to adopt the same policy. Previously, the Red Cross said it will take two years to review …

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Lifeblood eased one blood donor rule, but ‘gay blood ban’ remains

Australia’s decision to lift a “mad cow” ban and allow people who were in the UK during the 1980s and 1990s to donate blood has renewed calls to also lift an “antiquated” ban on most gay donors. Australia introduced the “mad cow” blood donor ban in 2000. The rule prohibited UK residents from 1980 to …

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‘Let us give’: New plea to end Australia’s gay blood donor ban

A new campaign calling for an end to blood donation policies preventing gay men, bisexual men, transgender women and non-binary people who have sex with men, was launched on World Blood Donor Day this week. The Let Us Give campaign wants the current three-month abstinence periods for those groups replaced by individual risk assessment. Countries …

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Just.Equal calls for Australia to abandon gay blood donor ban

An urgent appeal for more blood donations has reinvigorated debate about Australia’s blood donor policy. A surge in cases of flu and COVID-19 has seen the nation’s stock of blood fall to critical levels. This week, Lifeblood is calling on 17,500 Australians to roll up their sleeve The shortage has been attributed to appointment cancellations …

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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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Push for Australia to follow UK’s new policy for gay blood donors

Australia’s blood donation authorities should follow the lead of their UK counterparts and lift blanket bans on gay men donating blood, LGBTIQ advocates say. On Monday, the UK began new blood donation rules assessing the risk of donors individually. The new policy replaces blanket restrictions on gay and bisexual men. Under the rules, male donors …

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