The lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men was put in place in the 1980s when little was known about HIV. But is this ban still justified? Experts debate the issue on bmj.com today.
Jay Brooks, Professor of Pathology at the University of Texas believes that the ban should remain because the risk of transmission of infection is too great. He argues that the right of recipients to receive safe blood should trump the asserted rights of donors to give blood.