FRENCH MOVE TO LIFT GAY BLOOD BAN PROMPTS CALL FOR DONOR REFORM IN AUSTRALIA
Australian gay blood donation advocates have welcomed an announcement by the French Government that it will lift the ban on gay men giving blood and focus on donors' risky sexual activity instead.
The French Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Marisol Touraine, announced the move as she gave blood on World Blood Donation Day last week.
She said, "the criterion [for donation] cannot be the nature of sexual relations or sexual orientation. The only criterion is that of risk, and on that point we will ensure that men who have sex with men are able to give blood because that is not, in itself, a risk factor."
Gay blood donation campaigner, Michael Cain, said the French Government's proposed policy reflects the policy he wishes to see adopted in Australia.
"We now know it's unsafe sex, not gay sex, which puts people at risk from HIV... Read More from link below: