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Lesbian Ban on Donating Blood in China Lifted谢绝女同性恋者义务献血

According to reports, a new national policy, lifting the ban on lesbians in China from donating blood, went in to effect last Sunday. Previously, lesbians had been banned from donating blood since 1998, although few were aware of this law until the Sichuan earthquake occurred in 2008.


A Blood Donation Clinic in Beijing. Photo: globaltimes


Although those in the gay community applauded the move, they believe that there is still much to be done, as gay men in China still find it difficult to donate blood. In 2011, the Ministry of Health amended a provision that had forbidden homosexuals from donating blood. The amended provision no longer mentions the homosexual identity per se, instead stating that men who are sexually active with other men may not donate blood. While it's been noted that gays and lesbians could still donate blood simply by hiding their homosexual identity, this new policy is, nonetheless quite meaningful to the lesbian community in China.

A noted Chinese sexologist named Li Yinhe explained that Chinese learned about the AIDS epidemic and homosexuality around the same time in the 1980s, and consequently came to believe that being a homosexual equated to AIDS. The insufficient understanding of these two things led to the ban on homosexuals donating blood, seen at the time as a way to prevent the spread of AIDS. According to Li, the new national policy shows that China's views on homosexuals and AIDS has progressed somewhat, although she believes that gay men should have the same right to donate blood as lesbians now do.

It should also be noted that in many Western countries, gay men may only donate blood if they haven't had sex for an extended period of time.
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