Your doctor should know better

Rant at the Guardian after they ran a piece on blood donors, listing those people who could not donate – but missing one large, important group out:


I would like to register a strong objection to your piece “Dr Luisa Dillner’s guide to… donating blood” where the people who can donate blood are listed. As usual, the biggest group of exclusions – of which I am one – is ignored.

If you are gay, you are not allowed to donate blood.

This despite all the necessary tests being performed on the donated blood anyway. There is absolutely no valid reason for this restriction, and it forms a large part of the bias society has against gay people like me. It is time the restriction was removed, but that is never going to happen until the media like yourselves at least acknowledge that the restriction exists.

Paul Harper