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Lifting gay blood ban raises issues of trust

Published 08/06/2016

With all the problems in our health service, the new Health Minister chooses a reversal of the ban on gay men giving blood as her first grab at the headlines.

Does the announcement come at her Stormont office? Or perhaps on a hospital visit? No. It comes at the Rainbow Centre, which says a lot about the ideological reasons behind the move.

Gay men who have refrained from sex for 12 months are now eligible to donate blood. So, do we take that on trust? Apparently, this move is to protect the "human rights" of gay men. What about my human right to a risk-free health service?

RH

Ballyclare, Co Antrim

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