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Lewis Hern

Lewis Hern

Name: Lewis Hern
Age: 17
Year of the Fix: 2016
Location: Pontypool, Wales
Campaign: I want to change the guidelines on gay men donating blood

I was shocked when I discovered that gay men couldn’t donate blood unless they had been celibate for at least a year.

 

It made me feel I wasn’t fully accepted by our own health system, the people who care for us.

 

I also felt I was being prevented from doing the right thing, and giving blood to help others.

 

More importantly though, it became clear that by society is missing out on nearly a million potential donors.

 

The fact is that the science has moved on and screening blood for viruses like HIV is a much more sophisticated process than it used to be.

 

Fixers has helped me make a film calling for the guidelines to be changed – for the benefit of the LGBT community, and everyone else as well.

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