Georgia: Constitutional Court to Hear Suit on Gay Blood Donation Prohibition
A lawsuit challenging a ban on gay blood donations arrived at Georgia’s Constitutional Court on June 25. An LGBT rights group Identoba (Identity), joined by several individual plaintiffs, is suing the Health Ministry over a 2000 decree that declared homosexual men ineligible for blood donations.
Similar restrictions are in place in many other countries, including the United States, because homosexual sexual contact is seen as carrying a higher risk of transmitting HIV/AIDS, and blood testing procedures for the HIV virus are not considered perfect.
The plaintiffs in the Georgian case are taking issue with the wording of the Health Ministry statute, which specifically targets homosexual men, and not all men who have sex with other men (MSM).
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