"The Let Us Give campaign applauds the Queensland health minister for her stand in support of a safe and more equitable blood donor system."
"Assessing each donor for individual risk will maintain the safety of the blood supply while allowing much-needed donations from gay men, as well as bisexual men and trans women who have sex with men."
"This is why countries similar to Australia, like Canada, the UK and US, have lifted their gay blood bans and adopted individual risk assessment."
"We urge federal health minister, Mark Butler, to listen to Queensland's health minister, Shannon Fentiman, and move to adopt individual risk assessment as soon as possible."
"We also urge the other states and territories to follow Queensland's lead and support this overdue reform."
Dr Dane said Let Us Give does not support the proposal to allow gay men to only donate plasma.
“The Red Cross Lifeblood's proposal for gay men to be able to donate plasma but not whole blood will entrench a second-class status for gay donors."
"The problems of a two-tiered donor system was identified by Canadian research and was one of the reasons Canada abandoned its plasma-only trial and moved to individual risk assessment for whole blood donation instead."
"Plasma-only donation will be to blood donation what civil unions were to marriage equality, a poor substitute for equity and fairness."
Currently, gay men, and bisexual men and transgender women who have sex with men, can only donate blood if they have been sexually abstinent for three months.
The Red Cross Lifeblood Service has proposed the abstinence period be lifted for blood plasma but not whole blood.
The Federal Government's Therapeutic Goods Administration has agreed, but the states must also agree.
News report here: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/oct/09/restrictions-on-gay-men-donating-blood-should-be-scrapped-queensland-health-minister-says
For a copy of this statement on the web, click here
Sharon Dane can be contacted on 0403 895 268.
Alternative contact: Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668