Friday, July 06, 2012

It's a Funny Old World: Chinese Lesbian Edition

Not a headline you see every day, but I would have thought lesbians were the least "at risk" group, far more so than heterosexuals in fact.

China lifts ban on lesbians giving blood
By Molly Gray
July 6, 2012

Hong Kong The Chinese Ministry of Health has lifted a 14-year-old ban on lesbians donating blood in effect as of July 1.

The ban still applies to men who are sexually active with other men, but celibate homosexuals are permitted to give blood, according to the Ministry of Health's website.

The original ban, enacted in 1998, barred homosexuals of both genders from donating blood out of a fear of spreading HIV and AIDS.

'Mama Wu' unlikely hero for homosexuals in China

Xu Bin, a prominent lesbian rights activist in China, told the Global Times she applauded the amendment and what it means for lesbians in China.

"It is also about our dignity and the elimination of blood donation discrimination," she was quoted as saying.

Xu, who goes by her nickname Xian, first tried to donate blood in 2008 after an earthquake in Sichuan Province, when she learned of the ban and began campaigning against it.

"It's scientific that the policy doesn't mention homosexual identity but only fences off some who have certain sex behaviors, because AIDS is not caused by one's homosexual identity but improper sexual behavior," Xian told the Global Times.

AIDS first made an appearance in China in the 1980s when an Argentinean tourist died from the disease while on holiday in the country. Like other areas of the world, the epidemic was shrouded in confusion which was exacerbated in China by official denials that it existed there.

However, more recently, organizations such as UNAIDS, the joint United Nations program on HIV and AIDS, have commended the Chinese government on advancements in the attitude on AIDS.

In June, UNAIDS reported that its executive director had visited the country and praised the government's "major investments in China's AIDS response and a dramatic scale-up of HIV prevention, treatment and care programs."

The new regulations also include several other changes, including raising the age limit to 60, increasing the amount donated from 200 ml to 400 ml and shortening the required period of time between donations. CNN


Anonymous said...

Nail Householders.

Himself said...

A funny lot; the Chinese.

Anonymous said...

Yes indeedy

On the afternoon of November 28, the first hand job race ever in China was held in a small town in Shenzhen. According to the organizers, the event was to raise awareness of AIDS prevention, although it seems from the news photos and video that only seven men participated in the contest.

The sponsor of the contest was a sex toy manufacturer.

Himself said...

Indeed indeedy!


Thanks for that; my dreams are going to be deeply unsettled for the foreseeable future.

Anonymous said...

Second comment:

It’s so easy to just pretend you are doing it without actually doing it then since the pots are covering you, then I guess it’s just a matter of whose arm gets tired first!

A funny lot; the commenters.

Himself said...

Morning Maren.

I breezed through a few, they are mainly dunb-arsed Americans.

And there's always one isn't there?

There is a guaranteed 0 percent chance of getting it when you're abstinent and don't do drugs. (And say your prayers to baby Jesus)

The realities of life!

Anonymous said...

Holland style
moo~~ sexy country
ho ho ho ho ho holland style

Himself said...

Nice one buttercup.

Just what I needed after a long bollocks of a day. Took my car in for its annual check, it's still there, so I have been buggering about catching buses in the pissing rain and Arctic weather.

Himself said...

Where did that check thing come from?

Anonymous said...

Far travel to the land of the midnight sun?

Anonymous said...

Orient Kogyo [Japan] also provides after-service. When and if the time comes for the dolls to part with their owner, the company will conduct a kuyo (Buddhist memorial service) for the doll, complete with floral offerings.