原文标题：China permits lesbians to donate blood
BEIJING: China has lifted a 14-year-old ban on lesbians from donating blood, while still barring gays, thought of as a high-risk group for AIDS transmission, from doing so.
The Whole Blood and Component Donor Selection Requirements, released by the ministry of health last year, amended the provision which had forbidden homosexuals from giving blood.
The new rule now does not mention homosexual identity, only stating that men who are sexually active with other men are still barred from donating, state-run Global Times daily reported on Tuesday.
An anonymous staff member from Beijing Red Cross Blood Centre confirmed on Monday that its units have received the notice from the ministry.
"According to the new policy, mobile blood centres should have started accepting lesbian donors from Sunday," the official said.
The director of Common Language, an NGO dedicated to supporting lesbians and bisexuals, nicknamed Xian, said that she applauded the amendment and is planning to coordinate members of the NGO to donate blood.
Xian did not know lesbians were barred from giving blood until after the earthquake in Sichuan Province in 2008, when she was told she could not donate blood.
"It's scientific that the policy doesn't mention homosexual identity but only fences off some who have certain sex behaviours, because AIDS is not caused by one's homosexual identity but improper sexual behaviour," Xian said.
She added that in the past, although a lesbian was able to donate by concealing her homosexual identity, the new policy is still meaningful for them.
"It is also about our dignity and the elimination of blood donation discrimination," she said.
A sexologist Li Yinhe said that as China learnt about AIDS and homosexuality at roughly the same time, in the 1980s, "the nation easily believed that being a homosexual equates to AIDS."
"Inadequate understanding of the two things is the main reason why 'homosexuals' was listed as a group not allowed to donate blood, as a way to prevent the spread of AIDS," Li said.
The first case of AIDS in China occurred in 1985 when an Argentine visitor, also an AIDS patient, died during a trip to the country, according to Li.
"Judging from the amendment, the country's views on homosexuals and AIDS has progressed," Li said, noting that gay men were still thought of as a high-risk group for AIDS transmission, but lesbians are a low-risk group.
vijayaraghavans mb (cochin)
Lesbians / homosexuals hold certificates of their relations!
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It is however not completely wrong that lesbians are a low-risk group.. They still can contract HIV through shared sex toys
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kkkk (india) replies to nilarka 5 hrs ago
so can every other hetrosexual..... !!
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I dont understand why this was banned and now lifted. While donating blood it will be tested for HIV and other diseases and then only will be used for anyone. Then what is the risk from getting their blood, examining and using only if its risk free?
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Roshini (London) replies to radrapusukumar 1 hr ago
The virus shows up only after 3 months in the blood. During this time there is a risk.
Shekhar (Singapore) 5 hrs ago
Do we have such discrimination in Singapore? I support such ban on Homosexuals.
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dv1173 (New Delhi)
At last they accepted that 14 years back.... they had this “Stupid” thought.... In any case Medical agencies / blood collecting units, carryout series of test for all such samples collected.... & before declaring blood fit for transfusion.
Albelajee (India) 4 hrs ago
..... It means this disease has reached China, a controlled society, from west. God save that nation.
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Robert (New York, USA) 4 hrs ago
It's a stupid rule. How can you prove somebody was gay unless they told you? It's not a rule that can be enforced. The solution is simple: screen ALL blood samples for HIV/AIDS, and use only safe blood. Surely, the Chinese cannot be that stupid to think heterosexuals can't have AIDS.
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Bhagwat Goyal (Ghaziabad)
The Chinese know very well that the blood of Lesbians is not tainted.
How? (India) 3 hrs ago
I have still not figured out that how do the medical staff gets to know about sexual orientation of a person until they are telling on their own. And the new ruling says MSMs can't donate blood not that gays can't donate blood. Both are different things sometimes overlapping.
Sunil (New Delhi) 2 hrs ago
Pakistani men are lining up to donate blood to China :)!!!
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Roshini (London) replies to Sunil 1 hr ago
Its a wonder you wasted time to pass such a nil comment, and against a certain country. Do you want to know what is said in other places about people from New Delhi? Grow up and help to make the world a better place.
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Mohammad replies to Roshini 1 hr ago
And you are a self appointed police? We all need to make a few jokes to lighten things up rather then being at each others throats. So what if this was a joke against Pakistani men? Why not? Better then hostility!
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Two negative points --> 1) Weird judgement : How will they know the sexual orientation? They want to ask and take blood??? Why not take blood from everyone and just screen for HIV and other disorders??? 2) Lesbians are allowed but gays not. Whats the difference? Both are equally at risk from STDs.
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Anuj Sharma (Dubai)
What? don't they screen the blood after donation ? till now they are transferring the blood on merely there perception ! Strange
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Gappu Raja (India)
Zardari and Gilani have welcomed this decision and have said that - this is the beginning of a new era in Pak-China relations. They arrived in a special plane in Beijing this morning to donate blood.
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Dr. Ramakrishna Naidu (Helsinki, Finland) 2 hrs ago
Chinese and Indians are bretheren in SPIRIT and CULTURE. I met many Chinese tourists in Thailand recently they are very kind and considerate. They told me to visit their homes in various parts of China. and even took phiotos with me. I saw young Chinese praying to the Buddha in various temples in Thailand.They told me that they study Hinduism and about India in their schools and colleges.I think the problems between India and China would be easily solved with the new generation coming to power in China.
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Vachaspati (Bhutan) replies to Dr. Ramakrishna Naidu
Let's wish this becomes true. If India china come together, there will be no superpower left. Everyone will be below us but for that China needs to shed its expansionist policy.
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zhou (guiyang) 2 hrs ago
Just goes to show all the people commenting here have never actually donated blood themselves. I've donated blood in the UK and China, questions they ask are almost identical. You're always asked to fill in an questionaire before you donate at the end of the questionaire it would always ask are you a homosexual, or have you ever had sexual intercourse with a man or a woman who is a homosexual, have you ever had sexual intercourse with some one who's received money for sex, and do you have aids, have you ever travelled in malaria infested regions in SE Asia, South Asia or latin America. They're not stupid they always test your blood before it is stored in the blood bank anyway, but it saves them time if you've marked yes to any of these questions, then they can reject you right away.
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SO many peopel in China bt still shortage of blood... i think they should pump out all blood frm the criminals they execute like they remove all vital organs
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YakChi (Pune) 39 mins ago
I hope we countries like India, US etc. after importing toys, clothes, utensils etc. don't think of importing blood from China!
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Ultimately Blood is in huge demand in China. Blood thirsty China today, can we say, then.