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THT say: ‘discriminatory blood donation restrictions remain’

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The restriction relates to a three month deferral period for anyone who has a ‘partner who has, or you think may have been, sexually active in parts of the world where HIV/AIDS is very common’ and references ‘most countries in Africa’.

The question has been removed in both Scotland and Wales, but retained in England; while Northern Ireland has postponed changes until September.According to THT, the question is “vague and difficult to interpret by both individuals and healthcare professionals, but acts as a significant barrier for many who wish to donate and at the expense of the blood service’s urgent push to get more Black people to give blood.”The Government’s own independent advisory group on blood SaBTO (Advisory Committee on the Safety.

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