Gratzer said heterosexual donors who have had sex with another person who is known to be infected with HIV are asked to defer from donating blood for a year. This gives enough time for blood tests to detect HIV in the donor. He said the policy needs to be reformed so it matches the policy applied to heterosexual donors.
“It does have an impact on the gay and bisexual communities, and the LGBT community more broadly, because it is seen as a further stigmatizing decision: gay and bisexual men yet again are told we are bad people, we can’t contribute to society and we are further stigmatized by our own government for something that scientifically is not a fair policy.
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