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Viral Diseases

Question for Department of Health

UIN 740, tabled on 2 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparative research his Department has made on the incidence of Hepatitis B and HIV infection in the population of (a) men who have sex with men (MSM) and (b) the MSM population in civil partnerships or same sex marriages; what assessment his Department has made on this incidence in respect of the safety of blood donation; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

9 June 2015

No such comparative research has been undertaken. Public Health England does not collect data on whether an individual is in a same sex relationship or a civil partnership as part of the routine surveillance of acute hepatitis B or HIV, nor as part of routine surveillance in blood donors.