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News: UK

Mon 19 Jul, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Given the constant shortage of blood in the UK, it is difficult for fit and healthy gay and bisexual men to stand back and not play their part purely because of their sexuality

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Students have protested against a "discriminatory" ban which prevents gay men from donating blood.

Protesters highlighted the issue while attending the Pride march in Glasgow.

NUS Scotland's Stiofan McFadden said there was a blanket ban on donations from gay and bisexual men.

He said: "NUS Scotland believes this ban is based on discrimination rather than scientific fact.



"The majority of blood boards around the world have moved to a case-by-case deferral system rather than a blanket ban.

"Given the constant shortage of blood in the UK, it is difficult for fit and healthy gay and bisexual men to stand back and not play their part purely because of their sexuality."

The NUS's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender officer added that the ban "is one of the last great inequalities facing the LGBT community in the UK today".

Students gathered signatures for a petition calling on the UK Government to overturn the ban.

It will be presented to the Department of Health's Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs.

Source: PA

 

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