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He said he claimed discrimination on the basis that the Red Cross has a legal obligation to ban gay donors and because, in the absence of conclusive data on the risk associated with low-risk gay sex, the Red Cross must act on a worst case scenario basis.
"I am pleased the tribunal has agreed with my fundamental claim that there are monogamous, safe, gay men who have a lower HIV risk than some of the straight people who can currently give blood," he said.
"It's disappointing that they have not followed through on this conclusion by allowing these men to donate, but it's a step in the right direction that I and other people will build on it.
"This was a knife-edge decision in which the tribunal erred on the side of caution, but given how much of my case it agreed with, I am confident the next time this matter goes to court the outcome will be a new policy."
Mr Cain says he will take his case back to the tribunal when more research on gay blood donation emerges.
Currently we exclude people from donating who:
* Have resided in the UK between 1980 and 1996 for a total(cumulative) time of 6 months or more,
* Have received blood transfusions in the UK since 1 January 1980.
Unfortunately, because of the extensive time period covered by the deferral and the possibility of unknowing exposure to beef or beef products, it is not possible to exempt vegetarians who have resided in the UK for a cumulative period of six months or more during the risk years.
* Sex with another man, even ‘safer sex’ using a condom (if you are a man)
* Sex with a man who has had sex with another man (if you are a woman)
* A partner who has hepatitis B or hepatitis C
* A partner who has ever injected themselves with drugs not prescribed by a doctor or dentist
* Sex with a male or female sex worker
* A blood transfusion
* Hepatitis or been in contact with hepatitis
* Been in prison.
* Sex with anyone who lives in, or has come from, a country considered to have a high rate of HIV infection
The deferral of males who have had male to male sex is based on two factors: the statistically higher incidence of some blood borne diseases (such as HIV) and the existence of ‘window period’ infections.
In terms of statistics, the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research (University of New South Wales) reports that men with a history of male to male sexual contact continue to make up the majority of people diagnosed with AIDS and HIV infection in Australia. These statistics are regularly reviewed by ARCBS.
A window period infection is the time between contraction of a disease and the ability to detect the infection using currently available screening tests. This window period contributes to the risk of the disease not being detected and being passed on in the blood supply.
In Australia, State and Territory legislation and governments require that the ARCBS screens blood donors on the basis of declared issues.
* You are HIV positive
* You have hepatitis C
* You have ever injected yourself or been injected with drugs not prescribed by a doctor or dentist (even if this was only once)
Is there any upper weight limit for blood donors?
Yes, this is related to the maximum safe capacity of our donor chairs which may vary from site to site.
Originally posted by Acidtastic
They should test ALL blood they get anyway. So wether it's from a gay man/woman or a straight man/woman,
* Been in prison.