Characteristics of homosexual men who donate blood

M. W. Ross, P. A. Drew, R. W. Beal

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A number of demographic, psychological, medical, immunological and haematological indices, as well as sexual practices and partner numbers, were investigated in 97 homosexual men in Adelaide. A comparison of blood donors with non-donors among these men showed that the donors were younger, spent more time in the homosexual subculture, maintained a stable blood-donation pattern, and were significantly less likely to have had a sexually transmitted disease. Donors contacted their sexual partners in nonanonymous settings more frequently than did non-donors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-344
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985


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