Q1. What does the term 'MSM' mean?
Q2. What is the current blood donor selection criterion for MSM?
Q3. What has changed?
Q4. When will the change come into effect?
does this mean in practice at blood donation sessions?
Q6. What has
the blood donor selection criterion for MSM changed?
Q7. What new evidence prompted a change to the blood donor selection criterion for MSM?
Q8. Should patients receiving blood transfusions be concerned about the changed blood donor selection criterion for MSM?
Q9. Were blood recipients / patient groups / donors consulted as part of the
Q10. Was the policy changed because of Equalities laws?
Q11. How can it be fair to continue to treat all gay men as high risk?
Q12. Why is not possible to introduce a system through which every donor's individual level of risk is assessed as they have done in Italy, Latvia and Spain?
Q13. What is a window period?
Q14. Why is the deferral period 12 months?
Q15. I've recently had a negative HIV test result and know that I am negative, so why can't I give blood?
Q16. I always use condoms, why can't I give blood?
Q17. Why hasn't SaBTO recommended a deferral/exclusion for promiscuous heterosexuals?
Q18. There is no shortage of blood in this country so why was the review carried out?
Q19. Isn't there a risk of those gay men who don't agree with the policy donating anyway?
Q20. I don't feel comfortable answering questions related to
my sexuality and sexual behaviour in the blood donation
environment, why should I adhere to the donor selection
Is it against the law to lie about my sexual history in
order to give blood?
Q22. What are the donor selection criteria for men who have
sex with men in other countries?
Q23. What are the other donor selection criteria related to
Q24. Why are women who have sex with MSM still deferred from blood donation for 12 months?
Q25. Why has the criterion for commercial sex workers not
changed from a permanent exclusion to a fixed period deferral as
part of this review?