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Gay blood ban is based on science

There has been much fulminating from Sinn Fein, Alliance et al on the lifetime 'gay blood' ban, with the blame being directed at the DUP.

A number of points should be made. Most countries in the world currently have such a lifetime ban; Northern Ireland is far from unique.

Let's be clear - the rest of the UK, the Republic and every country with deferrals still has a ban on active gay men giving blood.

Blood donation organisations across the world have very similar lists of high risk groups - men who have sex with men, drug users, sex workers etc. All the science and evidence still points to all the above groups being deemed high risk. These groups have a higher chance of carrying HIV.

If testing has improved dramatically to such an extent that bans and deferrals are no longer required, then the question has to be asked: why are Sinn Fein and Alliance not asking for the lifetime bans to be removed from all such high-risk groups?

ALAN DAY

Ukip Mid-Ulster

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