Monday, 24 July 2017

Is it just me, or is there a slight problem with this announcement?

The BBC report that:

'Blood donation rules for sex workers and gay men are being relaxed in England and Scotland after improvements in the accuracy of testing procedures.

Men who have sex with men can now give blood three months after their last sexual activity instead of 12.

And sex workers, who were previously barred from donating, now can, subject to the same three-month rule.'
Is a sex-worker who hasn't had sex for three months still a sex-worker? Just a question.

'Experts said the move would give more people the opportunity to donate blood without affecting blood supply safety.'
Well that's nice for them.

'The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs - which advises UK health departments - recommended the changes after concluding that new testing systems were accurate and donors were good at complying with the rules.
All blood that is donated in the UK undergoes a mandatory test for Hepatitis B and C, and HIV, plus a couple of other viruses.

Scientists agree that three months is a comfortably long window for a virus or infection to appear and be picked up in the blood.'
When do you expect the first cases of people who've had virus infected blood transfusions suing the government?

But so long as gay men and sex-workers are happy and the experts say it's safe that's fine.

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