Angela Brkic | AAP | 16439ga
Australia’s Victorian state Government has called on the federal government to end the ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood.
The Red Cross tests every donation but cannot detect HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C in the early weeks of infection.
According to the organisation, there has been just one case of HIV transmission via blood donation since testing began in 1985.
The risk of infection from a blood donation is less and one in 1 million.
State and federal ministers have agreed to review the national donation policy in 2017.