The Chinese Ministry of Health has lifted the ban on lesbians donating blood as of July 1.
The original ban was enacted in 1998 and prevented both gays and lesbians from donating blood for fear of spreading HIV and AIDS. The new policy no longer mentions homosexual identity (i.e. gay, lesbian, ect.) but states men who are sexually active with other men are not allowed to donate.
A lesbian activists that goes by the nickname of Xian told The Global Times “It’s scientific that the policy doesn’t mention homosexual identity but only fences off some who have certain sex behaviors, because AIDS is not caused by one’s homosexual identity but improper sexual behavior.”
Photo: Xidan Blood Donation Center by Li Hao/GT