James Reilly’s Letter About Gay Blood Donors


The DUP [health] minister [Edwin Poots} has said his controversial decision – to deny gay men the opportunity to donate blood – is based on two pieces of evidence — a letter from the Minister for Health in the Republic and a document on the issue by the European Department for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQMH).

The letter from Dr James Reilly TD (above)  sent to Mr Poots at the end of May said that the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood exists in Ireland “is based not only on risk factors for HIV but on other blood borne agents known to be associated with MSM (men who have sex with men) behaviour”.



Student body calls on minister Poots to go over gay blood donor ban (Lisa Smyth, Belfast telegraph)

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)

Thanks Mark Malone

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