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Why the Welsh Blood Service ask gay men not to give blood | Poll
I gave blood today, and found out on the various forms you fill in that gay men cannot give blood. I had read this before (briefly) but didnt take much notice.
I asked the guy taking mine, and he went on for half an hour, he had a gay brother too, apparently. I got a leaflet off him and heres what it says:
We ask gay men not to give blood because gay men, as a group, are known to be at an increased risk of aquiring HIV and a number of other sexually transmitted infections, many of which are carried in the blood.
It is specific behaviours, rather than being gay, which places gay men at increased risk of HIV infection. Safer sex will keep most men free from infection, however, research shows that allowing gay men as a group to donate blood would increase the risk of HIV infected blood entering the blood supply.
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