Bangkok Post



Re: “Blood compromise”, (PostBag, Oct 13).

As I noted in my letter, despite the lie that gay men are being discrimina­ted against, high-risk heterosexu­als such as intravenou­s drug users are also asked to not donate blood.

There was a time (I don’t know if the rule changed) when even a man who went to a female prostitute in the past 12 months was told to not donate blood.

Because of the risk of false negatives, testing alone is not enough. Questionna­ires where they ask people about their lifestyles are essential for maintainin­g a safe blood bank. And the evidence shows that most people — gay or straight — are decent enough to answer the questions truthfully.

Eric Bahrt

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