Whenever I hear a call on the radio or tv for people to donate blood as supplies are running low or for people to register as a bone marrow donor when they donate blood my blood boils. In what is an outrageous double standard, straight people that could well be having unprotected sex every day are allowed to donate blood but gay men, some like me who have barely had any sex in the last 12 months, are forbidden because we are seen as high risk for HIV. This is an outdated relic from the AIDS epidemic that is the same as the U.S.
This video below is for the fight to change that law in the U.S. Maybe Australia needs a similar campaign. It offends me so much when I hear those ads begging for blood but people like me who even if I was having sex, have is safely are banned from donating. I’m assuming that if a family member needed a bone marrow transplant, that I’d be allowed to test for it, but general blood donations, no way.