China wants your blood. No, not to feed a master race of thirsty vampires or to fuel the zombie apocalypse (which is going nicely in this country, thank you very much). Rather, the country has lifted a 14-year ban on lesbians donating blood to hospitals and blood banks.
The ban on “homosexuals,” gay men and lesbians, from giving blood was implemented to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS through blood transfusions. But because Chinese authorities failed to understand the low risk of HIV transmission among women who have sex with women, all homosexuals were banned. Not to mention the fact that homosexuality itself doesn’t spread HIV—unsafe sex and dirty needles do.
Unfortunately, sexually active Chinese men who have sex with men are still banned from donating, just like in the United States.
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