Sarah - posted on 04/12/2011 ( 101 moms have responded )
The coalition government is expected to lift the ban on homosexual men donating blood, on the grounds that that the rule could be discriminatory and might breach equality legislation. The news has been welcoming by some and dubbed blood discrimination by others.
Opponents take issue with the likely policy change qualification that gay men will only be permitted to donate if they have not had sexual intercourse for a decade. The 10-year delay is partly designed to ensure that people who are not aware they have contracted HIV do not pass it on accidentally.
Any donation rule change will follow the publication of a policy review by Sabto, the advisory committee on the safety of blood, tissues and organs. Sabto results are due to be announced in coming weeks.