The British Government has finally lifted the most controversial ban over the right of gays to donate blood. The obviation resulted today. It has been informed that a ban over gays' right to donate blood was imposed in 1980 when it was feared that the blood of a gay could spread HIV.
However, a review over the ban by the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SABTO) assured that a gay who had not indulged in sexual activity for at least one year can donate blood. But before a gay man's blood is accepted for donation, he will be required to go through certain tests.
Lifting of the ban would allow gays to make their contribution to the society. In the past few years, there have been aggrieved debates over the right of gays making blood donations. While acknowledging the life over the controversial ban, the NHS Blood and Transplant's medical and research director, Dr. Lorna Williamson said, "Our priority as a blood service is to provide a safe and sufficient supply of blood for patients. This change gives us an opportunity to broaden our donor acceptance on the basis of the latest scientific evidence".
However, it is important to note that men who had sex with men, with or without condom, in the last 12 months won't be allowed to donate blood. The decision has been taken keeping in mind the safety of the patients.
The advancement in science has helped researchers in fighting blood born diseases. Moreover, since 2005, there have not been any reported cases of blood born diseases. The decision of the British Government to lift ban has been welcomed by the sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust. There is no doubt that the decision by the British Government would encourage many more donors to donate blood.