Let us give blood, save more lives!

Let us give blood, save more lives!

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Thomas Buxereau started this petition

Do you know Australian blood donation levels are at a dangerous low because of the pandemic? Do you know that one in two donors are currently unable to give blood because they are either unwell or in isolation?

The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Service is urgently seeking donors, rightfully reminding us all that “Australia Needs You”.

A lot of us do want to help. But because of outdated policies hundreds of thousands of potential donors cannot make it past the pre-donation screening stage.

Gay men cannot give blood unless we have been celibate for the last three months. It is the same for bisexual men, transgender women and some non-binary people who have sex with men.

No questions are asked to assess risk on a case-by-case basis. There is just an archaic general question: “are you a man and have you had sex with another man”.

I am a gay man. I have been in a monogamous relationship with my husband for 12 years. I want to help, but I can’t because even monogamous couples are seen as a threat.

In the UK, France, Germany, Canada and many other countries, blood donors are screened for their individual risk, regardless of the gender of their partner. The focus is on ensuring that donated blood is as safe as possible by screening all donors - gay and straight, cis and trans - for high risk practices, instead of barring an entire portion of the population.

Equality in blood donation is a win/win because it provides more safe blood for those in need and it removes archaic discrimination.

There are many more Australians like me who are aware of how much Australia needs our safe blood. We want to help, so please, let us.

Join this petition to ask Lifeblood Australia to stop asking generic and outdated screening questions and move to individual based risk assessment.

It’s time to stop wasting safe blood. Let us give.

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