Blood cannot be stored forever, so a regular supply of donors is needed.
Lewis says: ‘There are about 960,000 registered gay men living in the UK. Take away the 45,000 who have HIV and that leaves an estimated 915,000 gay men who could donate blood.
That’s an extra 915,000 blood donors, and the NHS requires 6000 blood donors a day.’
Andrew White, director of Stonewall Cymru, backs Lewis’s campaign.
He says: ‘Since they last revised the guidelines, the science has moved on. We all want the blood to be tested but on a scientific basis, not on the basis of a questionnaire you fill in when you go to donate blood at the village hall.’
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