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Gay men still denied the right to give blood

Published söndag 17 april 2011 kl 10.52
Photo: Scanpix

One year has passed since a change in the guidelines made it possible for homosexual men to donate blood, but despite the new rules many gay men still face problems, Swedish Radio News reports.

Certain blood donation centres have been exempt from following the new rules but now their exemption gone out and the Health and Human Services Department now demands that all blood centres accept blood from everyone, including homosexuals.

The problem is the different rules.

According to Swedish law, gay men are allowed to donate blood for transfusions but a European Union law prevents homosexuals from donating blood intended for the manufacturing of medicines.

Since many blood donation centres don’t have a system in place for separating they have been allowed to deny gay men completely. But now they will be forced to develop a system since denying gay men the right to donate blood will be against the law and no more exemptions will be granted.  

”The most important thing now is that we make this work and that everyone follows the rules,” said Anders Tegnell, at the Health and Human Services Department. “Its possible that the authorities should have been clear on this from the beginning.”

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