United Kingdom Relaxes Rules about Blood Donation from Gay Men as Canada Evaluates its Policy

United Kingdom Relaxes Rules about Blood Donation from Gay Men as Canada Evaluates its Policy

Fear of infection resulted in an absolute ban on blood donation by gay males, claiming to enhance the possibility of AIDS epidemic. However, that ban is now replaced by strict restrictions. Researchers believe that the restrictions are no longer necessary. Hence, such limitations about gay men not being allowed to donate blood will be relaxed in England and Scotland later this year, according to the information provided by the researchers on August 4, 2017.

Currently, gay men can donate blood only if they have avoided any kind of sexual contact with another man for at least twelve months. The time span is soon going to be condensed to three months. A researcher from the School of Public Health and the University of Victoria, Nathan Lachowsky said, “The United Kingdom has conducted substantial amount of study and research with roughly 65,000 blood donors. There is also a new model and other research that contains information about what knowledge we have about infections that are blood-borne.”

In Canada, limitations that involve blood donation by gay men have been easing gradually. The entire ban was replaced and reformed with the need that gay men should completely abstain from sex for five long years before they donate blood. In august 2016, the waiting time span was reduced to one year. That probably is way longer than warranted as believed by Lachowsky. He added saying, “the actual risk question is the time frame when someone may have developed the infection and when tests are able to recognize it. HIV’s window period for testing is roughly nine days, but can also be four to five days post the exposure.” Blood Services from Canada says it is searching for ways to alter the policies at present. The research is vital to migrate from a time-based rearrangement to a substitute screening approach.

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