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  • 1. THERES NO USE CRYING OVER SPILT BLOOD: GAY YOUTH OUTRAGE ATBLOOD DONOR POLICY Signs in the Martin Place Blood Donation Centre are an uncanny reminder of the discrimination claims once again aimed at the Red Cross. Photo: Caitlin Bailey/MDIA3002 Group

2. THERES NO USE CRYING OVER SPILT BLOOD: GAY YOUTH OUTRAGE ATBLOOD DONOR POLICY Daniel Pearce, 25 (pictured), has launched a Facebook campaign, End the Australian Red Cross Blood Donation Discrimination, opposing the Red Cross policy which prohibits men engaged in male-to-male sex from donating blood. Photo: Caitlin Bailey/MDIA3002 Group 3. THERES NO USE CRYING OVER SPILT BLOOD: GAY YOUTHOUTRAGE AT BLOOD DONOR POLICYPearces rejection by the Blood Service sparked hiscampaign. He ticked the box in question on the donorquestionnaire, identifying he took part in male-to-male sexin the past 12 months.Photo: Caitlin Bailey/MDIA3002 Group 4. THERES NO USE CRYING OVER SPILT BLOOD: GAY YOUTH OUTRAGE ATBLOOD DONOR POLICY In 2008, the Red Cross involved in a Anti- Discrimination tribunal in Tasmania regarding the same policy, which found the Blood Service was not guilty of any form of discrimination. Photo: Caitlin Bailey/MDIA3002 Group 5. THERES NO USE CRYING OVER SPILT BLOOD: GAY YOUTH OUTRAGE ATBLOOD DONOR POLICY The Red Cross maintain, in order to keep Australias blood and plasma supplies the safest in the world, they must act cautiously with risk populations. Eight to 10 per cent of gay, Australian males are HIV positive. Photo: Caitlin Bailey/MDIA3002 Group 6. THERES NO USE CRYING OVER SPILT BLOOD: GAY YOUTH OUTRAGE ATBLOOD DONOR POLICY The Blood Service argues the risk of HIV transmission in gay males is too high to introduce into the Australian blood and plasma supply, especially when screening may not detect HIV for up to 6 months after contraction. Photo: Caitlin Bailey/MDIA3002 Group 7. THERES NO USE CRYING OVER SPILT BLOOD: GAY YOUTH OUTRAGE ATBLOOD DONOR POLICY A new study released by The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity, with the Red Cross, found that using different scientific tests, the deferral period for gay men could be reduced to 6 months. Photo: Caitlin Bailey/MDIA3002 Group 8. THERES NO USE CRYING OVER SPILT BLOOD: GAY YOUTH OUTRAGE ATBLOOD DONOR POLICYNational Media Manager for the Red Cross, Kathy Bowlensaid, Theres not actually a right to donate blood. Theresa right to receive the safest blood we can provide.Photo: Caitlin Bailey/MDIA3002 Group 9. THERES NO USE CRYING OVER SPILT BLOOD: GAY YOUTH OUTRAGE ATBLOOD DONOR POLICY Pearce and activists from the 2008 tribunal, Michael Cain and Rodney Croome feel this result will still rule out the majority of gay blood donors. Photo: Caitlin Bailey/MDIA3002 Group 10. THERES NO USE CRYING OVER SPILT BLOOD: GAY YOUTH OUTRAGE ATBLOOD DONOR POLICY So far Pearces Facebook campaign has received just 36 likes. You can show your support by visiting www.facebook.com/DonationNotDiscrimination. Photo: Caitlin Bailey/MDIA3002 Group