Everyone is mourning the people
who died in Beslan and feels for the survivors. Many gay men would have
liked to, and could have helped, those injured, but, as it turned out,
gay blood is not required.
A few days ago a call for blood donations for the victims was published
on a popular website. Gay men “by habit” were counted among high risk
group donors, and were asked not to donate blood.
In an interview on the magazine “Kvir” (July-August 2004), academic
Vadim Pokrovskii, from the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, stated:
“The incidence of HIV among men having sex with men is unclear.
According to official data, this is the least affected group. The figure
for HIV positive heterosexuals is significantly higher. Last year 8,000
self-identified gay men were tested. The virus was detected in 23 of
Why did they refuse blood from healthy men? Yet at the moment there is
no specific analysis to test someone’s homosexuality. While standard
procedures prescribe that every donor’s blood should undergo ordinary
testing (clinical, biochemical, for hepatitis B and C, HIV and