Blood Donation

With Blood Donation Falling Massively, We Literally Cannot Afford to Turn Away People Willing and Able to Help

Tim Farron | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Today sees the launch of FreedomToDonate - a massively important campaign to review the discriminatory rules on blood donation in the UK. And I'm thrilled to put my support behind it, because the existing rules - which bar sexually active gay men, along with anyone who has ever injected drugs, or had sex for payment - are scientifically and socially outdated, deeply and unjustly stigmatising, and urgently need to change.

Gay Man Reveals 'Guilt And Shame' Of Being Banned From Giving Blood

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK

The government's "draconian" restrictions on gay men donating blood must be reviewed, according to a campaign backed by MPs, national charities and St...

Blood Donation - Who Are We Really Discriminating Against?

Yusef Azad | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Yusef Azad

Is the 12 month deferral for gay men reasonable and evidence-based? We suspect it may no longer be so and the rules need to be reviewed to ensure no discrimination is taking place. There are, however, groups excluded by the blood donation rules permanently...

Gay Men and Blood Donation - Are We Focusing on the Wrong Inequality?

Yusef Azad | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Yusef Azad

It's National Blood Week and this year the call for blood donors is more urgent than ever with the announcement that the number of donors has fallen by 40% over the last 10 years. With such a crisis in donation why is it that there remains a restriction on any man giving blood who has had sex with another man in the previous 12 months? This week sees many calling for an end to such restrictions as unnecessary and discriminatory - as well as counter-productive given the shortage of donors.

This Thing Takes Your Blood For REAL When You Get Shot In 'Call Of Duty'

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Tech

Gamers are constantly on the search for truly immersive video gaming experiences, whether it's using something as game-changing as Oculus Rift or some...

National Blood Week: Why We Should All Be Donating Now

Sarah Moyes | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Moyes

I was 25 years old when I stepped into the Glasgow Blood Donor centre to give blood for the first time. It had always been something I had thought about doing, but like most of the population I'd just never really got round to it. In Scotland, only 5% of us are active donors meaning National Blood Week is more important than ever.

Blood Donors Urged To Come Forward Before Christmas - When Stocks Run Low

PA | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Blood donors are being urged to come forward in the run-up to the festive season as blood stocks run low. November through to New Year is tradition...

Nine Ways Gamification Could Increase Blood Donations

Andrew Tipp | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Tipp

Only four per cent of people in the UK actually donate, and NHS Blood and Transplant reported that over the summer stocks dipped significantly. That leaves a lot of the population depending on a relatively small number of donors. So how can we encourage more people to start giving a pint of the red stuff? My suggestion is gamification.

Bleeding Them Dry

Judi Sutherland | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Judi Sutherland

I hazarded a guess that, if the NHSBT is so often short of stocks, and begging new donors to come forward, it might be a bright idea if their production line didn't prevent people from giving their donation.

Grief And Gratitude As NHS Teams Up With Facebook

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK

Facebook and the NHS have teamed up to allow people to sign up for organ donation on the social network, which can be published to their timeline as a...

The not so gay Blood Donation ban is not Quite Lifted

Zoe O'Connell | Posted 08.11.2011 | UK Politics
Zoe O'Connell

First of all, it's not a gay blood donation ban! No, I'm not ranting about Trans exclusion this time, but a wider issue - it banned bisexual men too, but lesbians are OK. It's a ban on donations from men who have had sex with men. Or MSM, for short, because that's a bit of a mouthful.

Casualties From the War on AIDS

Philip Dayle | Posted 02.10.2011 | UK Politics
Philip Dayle

When AIDS became known in the early 1980's, there was huge uncertainty about how HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was transmitted. A sense of fear characterised the way the public responded to the disease. From the public health policies that were made in response to AIDS, the one that remains the best example of utter panic is the ban on gay men giving blood. The war-on-AIDS view is flawed because it stigmatises gay men, as wanton sex fiends, all given to dangerous sexual activities. It also supports the fallacy that the HIV virus may be contained simply by eliminating those who are considered to be the main carriers, from activities of a communal nature. It is this reasoning that leads policy makers to believe that maintaining a discriminatory gay blood ban, serves a useful public health purpose.