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Homosexuals blood donation. Prohibited by the EU Court

The European Court of Justice considers prohibiting homosexuals blood donation may be justified, if there are no alternatives to protect transfusion recipients from potential infections.

According to data compiled in the ruling, in the period between 2003 and 2008 (years immediately prior to this case), 48% of all new HIV infections were in men who had sex with men. During the same period, the gay collective were the group most affected by the virus, with an infection rate 200 times higher than the heterosexual population. (Click HERE)

 Homosexuals blood donation risks

More recent figures (these are not yet mentioned in the ruling) do not suggest any improvement. In 2012, of new HIV infections, 42% still corresponded who had sex with men. Between 2011 and 2012, the number of infections within this group rose by 14%, while it remained almost stable (+1%) among the others (Aceprensa, 30-IV-2015).

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