Entry #235: Blood donations by MSMs in Italy

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IssueBlood donations by MSMs
Start Date2001
End Datenow
DescriptionItaly uses a risk-based donor selection system that treats MSM and heterosexual partners equally.
Sourceshttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23867178/ http://www.avis.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Allegato-III-Criteri-per-la-selezione-del-donatore.pdf (IT)

Revision History (2)

Revision by beeurd

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NoteThere is no ban on donating blood for gay men.Italy uses a risk-based donor selection system that treats MSM and heterosexual partners equally.
Sourceshttp://www.avis.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Allegato-III-Criteri-per-la-selezione-del-donatore.pdf (IT)https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23867178/ http://www.avis.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Allegato-III-Criteri-per-la-selezione-del-donatore.pdf (IT)

Revision by chae

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NoteBan on people who had \"risky sexual behaviors\". (Some cases occured of people being unable to donate just because of their homosexuality)There is no ban on donating blood for gay men.
Sourceshttp://www.avis.it/chi-puo-donare/14/ (IT)http://www.avis.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Allegato-III-Criteri-per-la-selezione-del-donatore.pdf (IT)
Reports (13)
  • Status is not correct "All peaple that have "risk sexual behaviros" can not donate blood, eterosexual too. It is done in order to avoid to infect througth the blood other peaple. It is linked of the number of partners and the use of condom, it isn't link to the sex of the partners. If I am heterosexual and I do sex with several women without condom I can not donate blood. If I am lesbian I can donate. If I am omosexual and I have only a partner I can. If I am omosexual with several partner but I use condom I can. It a medical reason doesn't linked with the sexual orientation. Only the people low risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases heterosexuls and LGBT oriented."
  • Status is not correct "Only if you had different partners in the last 6 months (it’s the same for straight men and women)"
  • Status is not correct "It’s completely legal"
  • Status is not correct "MSMs can legally donate blood in Italy since 2001, with no discrimation! <> (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_donation_restrictions_on_men_who_have_sex_with_men#Europe http://www.avis.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Allegato-III-Criteri-per-la-selezione-del-donatore.pdf )"
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  • Status is not correct "donating is legal for everyone"
  • Status is not correct "Blood donation for homosexual and bisexual men is legal since 2001 Source: http://www.ansa.it/europa/notizie/rubriche/altrenews/2015/04/29/gay-corte-ue-ok-a-esclusione-da-donatori-sangue_6e079fda-ff5d-4e5b-9635-46ea5ef5d43f.html"
  • Status is not correct "Sexual orientation is not among exclusion criteria. "
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  • Status is not correct "I have donated blood in Italy for about 5 years now. They have recently (January 8, 2016) changed the form you have to enter before donating. The new form was introduced on DM 02/11/2015 G.U. N°300, 28/12/2015: http://www.avis.it/userfiles/file/GU%20SG%20n_300%20del%2028-12-2015_SO_069%20(1).pdf Government source: http://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/id/2015/12/28/15A09709/sg As you can read at page 24 (or page 28/112 of the pdf), point 5.8: The line reads (my translation): “Since the last donation or in any case since four months ago, did you have heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual sexual relationships (genitals, oral, anal relationships):” Therefore, no distinction is made between heterosexual sex or homosexual sex, or any other. The following questions are asked based on concerns about one-night-stands, orgies, drug addicted partners, etc. These situations apply both to heterosexuals and homosexuals, or any other sexual orientation. There is also no deferral period specific to MSMs. In fact, if the criteria that people of any sexual orientation have to follow will be passed, in no way one’s sexual orientation will come up based on the current procedure (previously that was not the case). Therefore, I believe you should change the status of BLOOD DONATIONS BY MSMS IN ITALY to LEGAL, as it is in fact."
  • Status is not correct "Gay people can donate blood in Italy since 2001"
  • Status is not correct "Gay blood donation is legal in Italy since 2001"
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