Ho­mo­sex­ual blood ban may be jus­ti­fied: EU court

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The EU’s top court ruled Wed­nes­day that gov­ern­ments can ban gay blood donors to com­bat HIV but only on con­di­tion they show it is still the best way to limit health risks.

The court ruled on the case of a gay man in the eastern French city of Stras­bourg who protested against a ban on his blood be­ing used in 2009.

The Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice said the French ban, dat­ing from 1983, could vi­o­late the Euro­pean Union prin­ci­ple “of non-dis­crim­i­na­tion on the ba­sis of sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion.”

But the court ruled that a ban on blood dona­tions from gay men “may be jus­ti­fied, hav­ing re­gard to the sit­u­a­tion pre­vail­ing cerned.”

“It must be es­tab­lished whether those per­sons are at a high risk of ac­quir­ing se­vere in­fec­tious dis­eases, such as HIV, and that there are no ef­fec­tive de­tec­tion tech­niques or less oner­ous meth­ods for en­sur­ing a high level of health pro­tec­tion for re­cip­i­ents,” it said.

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