Haemophilia body targets gay men

The Haemophilia Society has published a ground-breaking leaflet to provide information for gay men with bleeding disorders.

During a focus meeting for young people with haemophilia or HIV, it had emerged that gay men with haemophilia were being told that they should never have sex.

The leaflet was written by a team of medical experts, social workers and gay men with haemophilia or HIV. There is an accompanying fact sheet for support staff. Around 2,000 copies have been sent to gay and lesbian organisations, including the Terrence Higgins Trust, and haemophilia centres around the country.

The leaflet is called You don't have to be straight to take Factor VIII, and can be downloaded from the web site www.haemophilia.org.uk.

"The Haemophilia Society was able to target this small group effectively because everyone with bleeding disorders is registered at one of the haemophilia centres in the UK," said Andy Cooper, campaigns and resources officer at the Terrence Higgins Trust.

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