On April 23, 2019, two friends by the name of Jesper Petersson and Tobias Ström will post a sharing on Facebook about men who have sex with men today being rejected from blood centers. Because of prejudiced prejudices about gay men’s risk-taking, they are discriminated against while being reported daily in the media and news of the blood shortage in Sweden.
“If you belong to the group MSM (men who have sex with men), total abstinence from sexual intercourse for a whole year is required to be able to give blood. This applies whether you live in a lifelong relationship or not. In the texts of the National Board of Social Services, you can read that MSM is a risk group even in fixed relationships, because you can only certify on your own behalf what behavior you have or have had, not for what your partner has done. “ For men who have sex with women, and women who have sex with men, 3 months of waiting from new parties are counted.
Meanwhile, Perma Press was recently told that Rainbow Blood would run the bloodstream to raise awareness of this dilemma and considered themselves the perfect candidate to sponsor the initiative with 250 high quality prints that would do their logo, designed by Sandra Nendos, justice. The print was put on functional jerseys from the Björn Borg brand and was chosen to be printed in Supersoft quality due to the stretch’s functional material.
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“Potential blood donors should be screened based on sexual risk taking, not partner selection. With a more puncture-proof screening that asks for risk-taking, more healthy individuals will be able to help give blood. Then the blood vessels will be filled with the patients as winners. At the same time, the offensive generalization that is currently being done against us as a group ceases, “says Tobias and Jesper.
“We really believe that our breakthrough will lead to results. Already we have reached our first goal – to have the Social Board change its offensive wording about why men who have sex with men must not give blood. In the news morning we declare this as a first goals, now that link is down. So the National Board of Health has taken down the page and now replies that they will post a new one when they have reviewed the content. “
We at Perma Press are proud and delighted to have been involved in sponsoring the Rainbow Blood initiative!