Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Chile lifts gay blood donation ban; can the US?


The Washington Blade is reporting that Chile has dropped its gay male blood donation ban – not asking sexual orientation, but banning only for risky behaviors within some recent period (twelve monhts).  High risk behaviors are regarded the same regardless of gender of the partner. 
   
The Blade has its story here.

The story has a curious public domain photo that looks more like a conventional IV line (or possibly for platelet donation) than a conventional blood donation. 

The original story in the Santiago Tunes (English version) is by Elizabeth Trovall, link here
  
I can remember in the early 1980s, before AIDS was none, that  (in Dallas) banks included “be a superdonor” pitches in their statements, which included platelet donation and even bone marrow donation, which was just starting to become “popular” then.
  
I think that I last gave blood in 1981. 

The history of Chile, by the way, was the subject of the recent film "No".  

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