Iceland put a ban on blood donations from gay men, but in September, the health department said it would review the ban.
Now, a chief epidemiologist is saying Iceland should lift the ban, but with restrictions. Þórólfur Guðnason, the epidemiologist, said there should still be restrictions on the law because this “group” is more likely to have HIV.
“First of all, in this group, there is an increased chance that their blood could be carrying HIV or hepatitis C,” Guðnasonsaid, as the Reykjavik Grapevine reported. “There are individuals in this group who are practicing safe sex, and are therefore not at risk, while there are others, with a more liberal sex life, who are more likely to spread these kinds of infections.”
This directly contradicts an earlier finding from Iceland’s Directorate of Health, Gay Star News reported. The study found HIV levels in gay and straight men were nearly the same.