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MELBOURNE， July 7 (Xinhua) -- A blood donation service in the Australian state of Tasmania is facing pressure to revoke its policy which bans gay men from giving blood.
The Red Cross Blood Service in Tasmania a body responsible for blood donation and related services in Australia is facing a winter shortage of donors， and has been called to drop its restrictions on gay men to help ease this shortfall.
It is believed 1，000 donors are needed in the month of July as the winter flu season settles in. The service has called for emergency services personnel to give blood， and encouraged other Tasmanians to donate.
The Blood Service has ruled that gay men should not be allowed to donate blood within 12 months of sex with another man to prevent the spread of HIV.
Former Tasmanian of the Year and gay rights activist， Rodney Croome， said thousands of gay men practising safe sex were being discriminated against.
""In Australia， when it comes to blood donation， we should screen potential donors for the safety of their sexual activity， not the gender of their sexual partner，"" Croome told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Thursday.
Croome said the ban deprived many people of the opportunity to help save lives.
""If they accepted blood from gay men who practise safe sex and are monogamous and have safe blood to give， that means there is more safe blood available to people in need，"" he said.
However， Red Cross Blood Service communications manager Erin Lagoudakis said the patient's safety was the priority.
""Blood safety policies are based on the current health surveillance data and that shows us that 90 percent of all newly acquired HIV infections is attributed to male-to-male sexual activity，"" Lagoudakis told the ABC on Thursday.
In December last year， a 30-year ban aimed at preventing the transmission of HIV was overturned in the U.S.， therefore allowing gay men to donate blood 12 months after their last sexual encounter with another man.
Lagoudakis disputed claims that Australia's blood policy was discriminatory.
The service has committed to reviewing the policy in 2018.
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They finished with 10 men after Swiss -defender Johan Djourou was sent off late on for a second yellow card against Wolfsburg.
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CANBERRA， Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- A price hike for private health insurance is "absolutely" going to hurt everyday Australians， Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday， after the nation's health minister approved an increase to health cover premiums of almost 5 percent from April 1.
The 4.84 percent increase comes after a cumulative increase of around 28 percent since 2012， and will result in families paying an additional 200 Australian dollars (150 U.S. dollars) - up to approximately 4，500 Australian dollars annually - for 'top level' cover， while singles will pay an additional 100 Australian dollars per year.
Turnbull said while the latest increase will "absolutely" hurt everyday Australians who choose to stick by their private health insurer， it was up to individuals to decide whether or not they continue to take up private health cover.
"That's a judgement they have to form on their own situation，" Turnbull told Macquarie radio on Friday.
"My council would be that people should stay in private health insurance but people have to make their own decisions. But I would certainly encourage people to do so.
"The cost will be on average an extra two dollars per week for singles and four dollars for families."
"This rise (of 4.8 percent) is lower than each and every year under Labor governments but it is nonetheless at a time when household budgets are tight， every additional cost hurts."
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