We strongly believe that the blood ban is dated bigotry and refer specifically to the need for a change of policy in our manifesto. While we realise that the blood ban was a knee-jerk reaction to the fear of a HIV epidemic, the Green Party continues to oppose the blood ban as we have done for many years. The manifesto reiterates that we need an end to the blanket, lifetime ban on gay and bisexual blood donors. New Labour has continued the blood ban, despite the rigorous tests that are carried out on donated blood and the evidence that three in four gay and bisexual mean would donate blood if they were able to.
While we accept that the government’s Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs is reviewing whether the comprehensive ban should remain, Greens point to the positive work of the Anthony Nolan Trust who have lifted their ban on all donations from gay and bisexual men. We believe that this outmoded practice deserves to end not just because it is unfair but because gay and bisexual men far from threatening the lives of patients can be helping to save their lives.
In response to the Questions: Would you support reform of blood donor regulations to allow healthy candidates to donate regardless of their sexuality? Ani Brooker