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Miss Atomic Bomb
Apr 11th, 2011, 07:18 PM
:lol:

Source (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8441054/Homosexual-men-allowed-to-give-blood-but-sex-banned-for-decade.html)

ivanban
Apr 11th, 2011, 10:03 PM
:spit:

DaMamaJama87
Apr 11th, 2011, 10:32 PM
Well, this is a risky move. I hope the NHS have done their homework.

égalité
Apr 11th, 2011, 10:38 PM
Well, this is a risky move. I hope the NHS have done their homework.

All donated blood is thoroughly screened for diseases. No worries :D

DaMamaJama87
Apr 11th, 2011, 10:44 PM
All donated blood is thoroughly screened for diseases. No worries :D

Not quite.

Donated blood is screened for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases but a tiny number of infections are missed because there can be a time lag before they show themselves.
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There are estimated to be 86,500 people with HIV in Britain, with a quarter unaware that they have an infection. About 42% of people infected with HIV in 2009 were homosexual men, according to the Terrence Higgins Trust, the HIV charity.

Homosexual men are also at risk of passing on other sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis.

Kart
Apr 11th, 2011, 10:53 PM
Well, this is a risky move. I hope the NHS have done their homework.
It's not about homework - the ban was, most likely, illegal.