End Discrimination – Reform Blood Donation Policies!
Thursday, April 25, 2012
SANTIAGO, Chile – The Chile’s Health Ministry issued a new regulation that ended the ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood on Wednesday.
Movilh, a human rights advocacy organization that focuses on civil rights and liberties for the Chilean LGBTQ community, has been advocating against the ban since 2003. In a public statement on Wednesday, Movilh said, “”As of today, sex between people of the same sex ceases to be considered a danger, disease or infection by the Health Ministry.”
This new regulation changes current requirement that bar “men who have had sex with men” from donating blood to barring those with high-risk sex behaviors. The Health Ministry defines high-risk conduct as anyone who has more than one sexual partner in the last 12 months, regardless of sexual orientation.
This is considered a historical moment for LGBTQ inclusion within Chile, following the passage of anti-discrimination legislation passed in 2012.