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Why some countries still ban gay men from giving blood

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Omniscient Reader

Gay men have massively higher rates of HIV (and otr STD) infection and blood tests for HIV are not 100% accurate (especially but not only in the weeks following infection).

So yes I'm sure there are hundreds of thousand of gay men out there who would feel more fulfilled by giving their blood, but to me the negative impact of just one one HIV infection of a recipient of blood donations weights more than the benefit all gay men could derive from giving blood.

California Man

Transfusions from gay men contributed to the deaths of thousands around the world in the 1980s. Remember Arthur Ashe? Even though AIDS is "manageable", it is NOT curable.

KillingSpree

While it is true that gay men are at higher risk than the general population of contracting a blood-borne virus or infection
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...and some jurisdictions have banned testing the blood of gays for infection. Therefore the ban on their blood must be maintained, to avoid a sad but true slippery slope.