England lacks male blood donors

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA MAY 19, 2019: Blood samples of people who took an HIV test as part of the Stop HIV/AIDS all-Russian campaign. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom GeodakyanTASS via Getty Images)

According to the BBC, just 41 per cent of new blood donors were men. The sparse supply has threatened vital transfusions and treatments, with the broadcaster discussing a complicated situation of a woman whose condition demands a donated blood with the higher level of iron. It means that she needs a male blood donor because a blood of [cisgender] men has a higher level of iron than [cisgender] female blood. In a ban that has forced some advocacy groups to set up ‘illegal blood banks’ specifically for men having sex with men who did not abstain from sex for the three month period as the blood donation rules in the country demand. The government set the three month deferral based on advice from a Department of Health and Social Care expert committee called the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs. They use higher risk of HIV among MSM as an excuse, but the critics of the law say: a) HIV is not a queer-men-only disease b) it can be easily identified by the blood test if a person is HIV+ or not, there is no need to reject everybody simply because of whom they share their beds with

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