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Remove the ban on gay and bi-sexual men donating blood.

Submitted on Saturday 3rd September 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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Remove the ban on gay and bi-sexual men donating blood.

Additional Information

Currently, men who have ever had oral or anal sex with another man are banned for life from donating blood. We believe that this lifetime ban is discriminatory and perpetuates the myth that AIDS is a “gay disease”.

It's time to end this blanket ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood, and use selection criteria based on high-risk behaviour, and not on sexual orientation.

This highly dubious, legally-contestable stance by the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO), who will ultimately decide any change in the NBS’ policy, should be given national debate in the House of Commons.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

There's already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue.

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