A gay rights group is taking the New Zealand Blood Service to the Human Rights Commission over the ban on sexually active homosexual men giving blood.Click through for the rest.
Rainbow Wellington wants fewer restrictions on gay men giving blood and will have mediation with the blood service in February.
The service reviewed risks posed by homosexual men in 2007, with a report released in April last year.
Previously, any man who had engaged in homosexual acts over the past decade was banned from giving blood.
The service now prohibits any man who has engaged in protected or unprotected anal or oral sex with another man over the past five years from giving blood.
Rainbow Wellington chairman Tony Simpson said that effectively banned all men in homosexual relationships and was discriminatory.
In Tasmania, men who had gay sex had to wait a year before giving blood, while in Britain they were banned forever, he said.
Simpson said three to six months was all that was necessary for the virus to show up in tests.
Great to see this issue getting an airing. The ban mainly seems to have been about discrimination at worst and ignorance of the actual risks at best.