aboveThat being said, a year should be more than safe. All of the blood is tested anyways.
What you never want to have happen is healthcare to be legislated .
Good medical practices can never be political . And are at the core of the U.S healthcare debate.
The above law is silly and unnecessary. ( unless you walk around life being chronically offended about how society will treat you)
When doctors ask questions , they are done to screen and hone down likely scenarios and they contemplate risk.
What comes to the average persons mind is HIV. ( they can simply doe a test)...
Its not just HIV but Hep C, Hep A , Hep B syphilis.
For example I used the zip code I live and practice in 90069, and took blood from each individual in contemplation of donation.
At least 25% would be unable to donate due to infectious disease concerns.
Nearly the same or higher risk would exist from someone from Africa or parts of Asia.
So you say "so what, just throw the blood away"...
Everytime you type and cross and prepare a unit of blood, in donation. It costs alot.... up to 1000 dollars a unit of blood or more.
It also costs a lot of money to dispose of the blood. You cannot just pour it down the sink.
Decisions to restrict blood is not only about disease, but a monetary one. Its also good medicine. A blood center would never take blood from a demographic it had to dispose of 25 % of its donation.
In the past it was not part of a screening question. We know better now. Its also not good to take a donation from the homeless, or pay individuals to donate blood, as it invites IV drug users.
I hope this explains it to everyone. Dont ask medical practices to be effected by politics or "political correctness". You will be sorry.
Medicine should be based on good sound science. Not whether some people are offended by a question or a screening questionnaire.
Because one day if you need blood, you want there to be a unit of blood for you.