Nathan-Garbutt

Email from Nathan Garbutt, UKIP Party

June, 14 2013 is World Blood Donation Day and in recent months the NHS has made urgent appeals for blood donors after a drop in donations, which can prove vital in an emergency situation where there may not be enough time for immediate blood testing to be carried out. Despite these shortages men who have had sexual activity with another man in the last 12 months, with or without protection are forbidden from donating blood because of a decades-old antiquated policy that began because we didn’t have tests to check blood for HIV.

Now that these tests exist  even if not perfect, its hard to argue that policy be kept in place. Or, if it kept in place for the purpose of preventing HIV getting into the blood supply then should the ban also apply to other groups of people at higher risk of HIV-infection?

I will be calling on my party, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) to lead the way in fighting for the removal of restrictions on gay men giving blood, this is not just about equality but also about saving lives.

>> Nathan Garbutt – @nathangarbutt
>> Chairman, UKIP Wakefield District
>> Deputy Chairman, LGBT in UKIP

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