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# 121 : Thursday 23-6-2016 @ 19:21
 
 
The self absorbed nature of interests groups on this topic amazes me.

The blood specialists are scientists interested in the quality of the transfusion, efficacy of the system and patient safety. They are not interested in perceived social inequalities and various assorted theologies.
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# 122 : Thursday 23-6-2016 @ 20:00
 
 
Someone said :
The self absorbed nature of interests groups on this topic amazes me.

The blood specialists are scientists interested in the quality of the transfusion, efficacy of the system and patient safety. They are not interested in perceived social inequalities and various assorted theologies.

No. They're conservative humans who are comfortable with the status quo and have put in the year condition because they were facing an embarrassing defeat in the court.
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# 123 : Thursday 23-6-2016 @ 20:19
 
 
Someone said :

No. They're conservative humans who are comfortable with the status quo and have put in the year condition because they were facing an embarrassing defeat in the court.

Is there an outstanding court case?
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# 124 : Thursday 23-6-2016 @ 20:53
 
 
Someone said :

Is there an outstanding court case?

What happened with this case?

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/ga etc ...

End of the day - sexually gay / bi men still banned for life.

Great day so.
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# 125 : Thursday 23-6-2016 @ 20:58
 
 
Someone said :

What happened with this case?

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/ga etc ...

End of the day - sexually gay / bi men still banned for life.

Great day so.

Ok found this so I guess as a result from Tomas's case. Follow ups on his original case.

http://www.imt.ie/news/latest-news/2016/01/ibts-seeks-consensus-o etc ...


http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/ibts-to-discuss-ending-ban-on- etc ...
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# 126 : Thursday 23-6-2016 @ 21:37
 
 
Someone said :

Is there an outstanding court case?

Yes. By Tomás Heneghan (he is AT TomasJHeneghan on Twitter).
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# 127 : Monday 27-6-2016 @ 06:35
 
 
Someone said :
Looks like the lifetime ban is going

http://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0623/797739-blood-donation/

So annoying that GLEN are welcoming this.
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# 128 : Monday 27-6-2016 @ 08:00
 
 
Someone said :

So annoying that GLEN are welcoming this.

It's a step towards donations profiling based on behavior, not identity.
One step as the identity is still going to be taken into consideration to discriminate donors, first for 1 year.
Then like in other countries, once evidence shows that the blood quality has not been impacted negatively (and possibly has been impacted positively), then the duration will decrease in line with the rest of the population.

Their press release states clearly that "The IBTS policy document represents the first real step in addressing this stigma".
http://www.glen.ie/attachments/Blood_ban_press_release.pdf

There is no point in not welcoming a first step in the right direction in decades, on the ground that it is not 100% good enough.

Look at it this way: if you were asked, you alone, to green light that decision, would you say "no, not good enough... we keep the life ban instead; all or nothing I say!" ?
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# 129 : Wednesday 27-7-2016 @ 18:14
 
 
Tomás Heneghan interview raising well-know but still interesting questions.
The intermediate conclusion is interesting too:
Someone said :
On Tuesday this week I dropped my legal challenge as the changes we were seeking in my original legal pleadings had been announced. It wasn’t perfect but it was a major step in the right direction.

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# 130 : Monday 23-1-2017 @ 10:01
 
 
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# 131 : Monday 23-1-2017 @ 11:11
 
 

About time. Actually long overdue. It's not 1987 anymore. I would love to donate blood to help others who need it. It's sad that only about 3% of the population donate blood when 1 in 4 people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetimes. All donated blood should be rigorously screened. If that had been done in the past we probably would not have had the horrible Hep-C scandal of the '90s.
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# 132 : Monday 23-1-2017 @ 11:38
 
 

Glad to hear that Mango.
I had more or less given up blood for the last while because of the ban.
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# 133 : Sunday 29-1-2017 @ 11:00
 
 
But with a "a deferral period" of 1 year... it is still pretty much not on par with how mix-gender couples are treated.

A wife whose husband is cheating on her can give blood, even though she may have been contaminated by her husband.
But a faithful husband in a faithful relationship with his husband is considered suspicious unless he takes a vow of celibacy.

Those who know me know how I see vows of celibacy: a sexual perversion...
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# 134 : Sunday 29-1-2017 @ 17:27
 
 
Theres a one year deferral period for lots of categories of people.
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# 135 : Monday 30-1-2017 @ 08:39
 
 
Someone said :
Theres a one year deferral period for lots of categories of people.

Which categories?
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