The Government determined, this Monday, the constitution of a working group to revise the norm that excludes donors “for sexual behavior”.
According to SAPO24, the Ministry of Health determined the constitution of a working group to revise the rule number 009/2016 of the DGS, which includes the criteria of “Inclusion and Exclusion of Donors for Sexual Behavior”.
The working group is made up of representatives from the Directorate-General for Health, Portuguese Blood and Transplantation Institute (IPST) and, in an advisory capacity, civil society entities.
The Ministry of Health expects results within a week.
The revision of the standard comes after the news in January of the discrimination against homosexuals in blood donation.
The controversy arose following the case of a man who reported having been discriminated against when he tried to give blood at the IPST’s fixed donation post in Lisbon, after this body had made an appeal to the donation.
After three hours in line and another hour of waiting at the screening, Bruno Gomes d’Almeida was confronted with several issues that assumed that he would have partners. When he insisted on correcting and assuming that he had a partner, he heard as an answer that “then you cannot donate blood” and that “men who have sex with men cannot donate blood”.
Faced with the IPST, the answer given to the Lusa was that the institute “does not question the sexual orientation of its potential donors” and that “any and all citizens [pode] apply to donate blood, without any gender or sexual orientation differences ”.