He wants to donate blood.
He's blood group B,
But also Bi.
So he can't save a life.
Because in Germany, gay and bisexual men ...
... are banned from donating blood.
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We think that safe blood has nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the donors.
And that the ban discriminates against millions.
With 25.000 signatures, we can reach the German Medical Association ...
... and start a public discussion about the topic.
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The strict ban is not just discriminating; it is also useless. New technologies make HIV-testing faster, cheaper and more precise. They would help to erase suspicion by ensuring a 100% safe blood supply.
Other countries are much further ahead. In Australia, Great Britain and Sweden the blood ban has been replaced by a deferral program. While Austria, Spain and Poland have eradicated all bans and special programs for bisexual and homosexual men.
The ban is sustained by the German Medical Association’s unilateral decision against the modernisation of the hemotherapy guidelines.
These guidelines were implemented in response to the 1993 blood scandal, when it came out that earlier reports of potentially HIV infected blood units had been downplayed. Today, these same guidelines place bisexual and homosexual men in the same risk group as prostitutes and drug addicts.
The high demand of plasma and blood units is good for business but bad for Max and thousands of people in need.
In Germany, men who have sex with men (MSM) are banned from blood donations. The basis for this ban is the Transfusionsgesetz from 1998 and the latest guidelines of the German Medical Association (§§ 12a, 18 TFG). The blanket ban not only limits blood banks from accessing much-needed blood, but also discriminates against millions of men.
We think safe blood has nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the donors but with their lifestyle. And the European Commission guideline 2004/33/EG supports our conviction. This guideline, which sets an overarching framework for Europe, does not unilaterally refuse MSM donations of whole-blood or blood components, but:
People whose sexual behaviour carries a huge transfer risk for through blood transmitted infectious diseases.
For the European guideline, the crucial point is the sexual behaviour and not the sexual orientation. Moreover, in August 2011, the European Commission explicitly stated that the blood ban established in most of the European countries is not justified within EU law. The EU commissioners noted that discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal under the EU Federal Rights Charter.
Given the discriminatory nature of Germany’s blood ban, the risk clause concerning MSM needs to be reformulated to meet the European guidelines for the hemotherapy and thereby give heterosexual and MSM equal rights.
Blood donations should be regulated according individual risk behaviour, not sexual orientation. The existing regulation that categorically bans MSM from life-saving blood donations has to be reversed.
The LSVD is Germany’s biggest gay and lesbian organisation. We support and aid the gay and lesbian community with issues of legal and social discrimination, marginalisation and violence. Our organisation is convinced that fighting for the interests of gays and lesbians means organising political and societal majorities and being visible in the media.
We support a full integration of the rainbow family throughout society.
Berlin’s CSD e.V. is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights organisation fighting against social and juridical discrimination and supporting personal development. The society organizes the annual Christopher Street Day Parade in Berlin and several other performances to encourage the politicisation of the LGBT community and resistance against discrimination.
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