This still isn’t a vaginal/ anal sex issue. From the website you quoted “When a woman has vaginal sex with a partner who’s HIV-positive, HIV can enter her body through the mucous membranes that line the vagina and cervix. Most women who get HIV get it from vaginal sex. Men can also get HIV from having vaginal sex with a woman who’s HIV-positive. This is because vaginal fluid and blood can carry HIV. Men get HIV through the opening at the tip of the penis (or urethra); the foreskin if they’re not circumcised; or small cuts, scratches, or open sores anywhere on the penis. See the Prevention Q&As for information on how to lower your risk of getting HIV from vaginal sex.” Vaginal or Anal you are still at risk of catching HIV if you have unprotected sex with a partner with HIV The screener questions are designed to minimise the risk of potential donors having blood born viruses like hiv. They screen out the highest risk groups from the stats they have available, this happens includes gay men as well as anyone paid for sex, IV drug users, people who have had sex is country’s with high rates of HIV. You also have to wait after having a tattoo or piercing in case a dirty potentially contaminated needle was used. Transmission from tattoos is very these days due to proper licensing and proper sterilisation. “It’s possible to get HIV from tattooing or body piercing if the equipment used for these procedures has someone else’s blood in it or if the ink is shared. The risk of getting HIV this way is very low, but the risk increases when the person doing the procedure is unlicensed, because of the potential for unsanitary practices such as sharing needles or ink. If you get a tattoo or a body piercing, be sure that the person doing the procedure is properly licensed and that they use only new or sterilized needles, ink, and other supplies.” People who have had previous transfusions are also not allowed to donate.
I'm giving blood tomorrow, this will be the last time until I have done the marathon in April. Stocks are very low over Christmas so wanted to make sure I kept to my appointment even if it meant taking the day off from work.
No I haven't. Anal sex carries the highest risk of HIV transmission. Non penetrative sex is very low risk. It's the type of sex that should determine the risk, not the people having it. https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/analsex.html
Lol.... Who knows !! Just plain old homophobia I guess.
(skeptical) You’ve totally missed the point here. Anal sex isn’t anymore risky than other types of sex it’s the prevalence of HIV and AIDS is greater in Gay men than other groups. Not all gay men will be having anal sex Other higher risks groups such as people who have had sex abroad in some African countries are excluded from donating too as these countries are known to have a much higher prevalence of HIV and AIDS.