Health Minister donates blood after Israel lifts discriminatory restrictions on gay men, World News
Israeli Nitzan Horowitz donated blood in Jerusalem after the country removed restrictions on gay men who donate blood.
During his blood donation at the Magen David Adom complex, he said: “There is no difference between blood and blood. The ban on gays from donating blood was a vestige of a stereotype that should be left in history. ”
“Any blood donor seeking to save lives will receive the same treatment, regardless of gender or sexual orientation,” he added.
– Nitzan Horowitz ان هوروفيتس ניצן הורוביץ (@NitzanHorowitz) 25 October 2021
Israel had announced the removal of decades-old restrictions faced by gay men seeking to donate blood in August.
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The country’s health ministry had made changes to the forms that must be completed before the process.
“The clause prohibiting receiving blood from a man who has had sex with another man (even a permanent partner) will be canceled,” he said.
The questionnaires will instead include a new clause prohibiting donations from people who “have had high-risk sex with a new partner or multiple partners” for three months.
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Another option, according to Magen David Adom, Israel’s national medical first responders, is to freeze their blood plasma for four months to ensure that they are free from “communicable diseases.”
A recent report from the health ministry said that in 2020 there were 361 people living with HIV in Israel, five percent less than the year before.
Israel’s policy shift follows Britain’s June decision to allow more gay and bisexual men to donate life-saving blood, and a similar move by the United States l ‘last year.
The Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel hailed the decision as a “historic movement for the proud community and Israeli society on the path to equality.”
“The blood of hundreds of thousands of citizens is not second class,” the association said in a statement.
Israel is the most liberal country for LGBT + rights in the Middle East and one of the few, along with Jordan and Bahrain, where same-sex relationships are legal.