Sunday 20 August 2017

PC bullies ignore the bloody facts

Regarding the article "Anger over anti-gay emails to college staff" (Irish Independent, April 1), the issue of providing safe blood for those who are in need of it is of paramount concern. To call it homophobia when people object to the rescinding of a ban on men who have sex with men (MSM) donating blood is downright reckless.

Deferring this group from donating blood is a health issue, not a moral one.

For good reasons the Federal Drug Administration in the US recommends that MSM are prohibited from donating blood due to the higher than normal risk of disease transmission via transfusion from this group.

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