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William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 11:52 AM
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Kerry: End of Britain's Gay Blood Donor Ban a Tipping Point
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Thursdays news that British health officials will lift a lifetime ban on gay men donating blood is a significant step that the United States may soon follow, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), a lead proponent of ending the 28-year-old stateside ban, said Friday.

I think this is likely the start of a trend globally that Id rather we be leading than following, Kerry said in a statement to The Advocate. This is a very close ally who sees the same information we do, and theyve determined that gay donors pose no risk to the blood supply.

Following recommendations by an advisory committee on blood safety, the UK's Department of Health announced that men who have sex with men (MSM) who are HIV-negative and have not engaged in sexual activity within the past 12 months would be eligible to donate blood effective November 7. Great Britain joins countries such as Australia, Japan, and Sweden in implementing a one-year deferral for MSM donors.

Our process is well under way here at home and I think well see the United States end an outdated ban that no longer has the fig leaf of science or even question marks, Kerry said.
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