TAIPEI, Taiwan — Gay men in Taiwan will be permitted to donate blood under new rules set to be implemented in May by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan News reports.
According to the Ministry, the Blood Consultative Committee recommend lifting the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men, replacing it with a policy barring donations from men who have had sex with another man within five years of the planned donation.
According to the current “blood donor deferral policy,” LGB residents as well as groups at high-risk of being HIV or AIDS positive and those who have a record of a malignant tumors, or those with leukemia, are banned from donating blood for life.
Taiwanese netizens launched an online campaign demanding the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men be lifted, indicating that the policy is no longer justified, given advances in HIV testing. They emphasize that the blood screening process is adequate enough now to prevent unsafe blood from being donated, so the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men should be lifted, Taiwan News reports.