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PE01643: Introduce individual risk-based blood donation in Scotland


Petitioner: Jack Douglas, LGBT+ Officer on behalf of NUS Scotland


Date Lodged: 18 April 2017

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to change the regulations that prevent people within the LGBT+ community from donating blood and to replace it with an evidence based system that examines people on their individual risk to provide blood rather than their sexual orientation and gender. 

Petition History:


27 April 2017: The Committee took evidence from Philip Whyte, Policy and influencing manager and Ali Hudson, LGBT+ Campaign Representative, NUS Scotland. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Standing Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO), the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, the Equality Network, the Terrence Higgins Trust and the Freedom to Donate campaign. Link to the Official Report 27 April 2017 

29 June 2017: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs. Link to the Official Report 29 June 2017

26 April 2018: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that progress has been made on the action called for in the petition, and that the Scottish Government has accepted and implemented the recommended changes on blood donation in Scotland. Link to the Official Report 26 April 2018

Written Submissions:

We believe there is a pressing need for more, and more regular, blood donors in Scotland - yet at the same time various members of the  LGBT+ community may be denied the opportunity to donate.

  • What are your views on the current blood donation rules in Scotland?
  • Do you believe the current regulations are fair and equitable?
  • And, have you ever been affected by the regulations currently in place? 





Both sexes, regardless of sexuality, are at equal risk of becoming infected with something that could later affect their ability to give blood if they have unprotected sex with an already infected partner. Despite this, certain members of the LGBT+ community are not allowed to donate even though these members are more than willing to donate blood.


10:09 on 15 Mar 2017

Bloods are checked anyway so why discriminate

Shona Hutchison

17:48 on 11 Mar 2017

As it stands heterosexual people answering the questions truthfully may not be answering them accurately. They may be unaware of past sexual partners drug use or if they have had sex with the same sex but are answering the questions to the best of their knowledge. The blood is rigorously tested before use anyway so why are LGBT+ excluded? Back in the 80s it was thought only gay men carried and transmitted HIV. We now know this to be false. Carry out more stringent tests on samples where the donor has ticked "yes" don't exclude them completely

Lisa Alexander

9:59 on 09 Mar 2017

It is the right thing to do

Leeanne McSharry

22:23 on 08 Mar 2017

There are already vigorous checks in place to ensure 'clean' blood, sexual orientation and gender alone should have no impact on assessing risk. It would be nice to see Scotland take the lead in modernising blood donation regulations.

Jess Mason

17:44 on 08 Mar 2017


John Michael Dargue

17:41 on 08 Mar 2017

How is this not already a thing?

Aileen McKay

14:53 on 08 Mar 2017

End the ban!

Lindsey Laing

14:32 on 08 Mar 2017

So its fine for hetrosexuals who participate in anal sex to donate blood, but not gay men? This is absurd and is a ban based on bigotry, not science

Alessio Gentile

13:37 on 08 Mar 2017

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