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28th-Mar-2008 09:40 pm
South African gays in 'blood flood' protest
Gay activists in South Africa have vowed to "flood" the country's blood services with blood donated by gay men.
This follows an announcement by the South African National Blood Services that it would not accept donations from men who have sex with men.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance says its members would lie when asked the question: "Have you had male-to-male sex in the past five years?"

The Alliance claims members have already donated 120 units of blood.

It aims to flood the blood services with 70,000 units.


Alliance spokesman Juan Uys describes the question as "humiliating, offensive and an insult to gay men". He says all blood should be treated equally.

He says the SANBS has already admitted that it uses state-of the art equipment that ensures rigorous screening of donated blood, and therefore they should accept the blood from men who sleep with other men and subject it to the tests.

Mr Uys said the question of risk of HIV infection was no reason to discriminate against gay men.

He says if people were discriminated against based on risk, then South African women between the ages of 18 and 24 should not be allowed to donate, as research shows that they are the group with the highest HIV infection rate in the country.

Presidential row

But the SANBS has described the Alliance campaign as "unfortunate".

Spokeswoman Lanthe Exall says screening procedures are based on World Health Organisation guidelines.

She urged the Alliance to reconsider its actions, which she said posed a risk to the lives of patients needing transfusions.

It is not clear what will happen to blood donated on Friday, as the SANBS will be unable to tell which blood came from Alliance members who lied.

Ms Exall says though they do have the best testing systems in place, no machine in the world can detect the HI virus during the "window period" that follows the transmission of HIV.

It is not the first time that the SANBS has been hit by controversy.

Last year it was forced to change its screening procedures when it was revealed that they destroyed blood donated by black people, because it claimed they were at a high risk of HIV infection.

It emerged that President Thabo Mbeki's blood was destroyed because he was black and because his doctor had refused to complete the personal history questionnaire used to screen donors.

Mr Mbeki donated blood as part of a publicity campaign to persuade people to donate blood.
Matt Barber, the man (double + FEH) at Concerned Cunts For America, is naturally freaking out. My good friend (the lovely Jeremy) at Good As You has more.
29th-Mar-2008 03:53 am (UTC)
My love is banned from donating because he had protected sex with a German prostitute in 1989. The only sex safer than that is masturbation. Their rules are based on emotional knee-jerks, not on logic or science. i'm out of the pool because I lived in Europe during mad cow years... can't they test for that?
29th-Mar-2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
The problem has never been with the donors OR even with the screening really - it's with the discriminatory practices they have against us. It's the same with the marriage issue, they'll throw anything they can level as a valid reason, but they all fall way short of valid.
29th-Mar-2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
Exactly. There's no reason to disallow it other than 'it's icky'. I wonder if I can request gay blood next time I need a transfusion?
29th-Mar-2008 05:09 am (UTC)
I lie through my teeth.
29th-Mar-2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
You are carved from a solid block of awesome!
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