Heterosexual Mistaken For a Homosexual Blood is Refused at Donation Center

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    Jul 18, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
    I keep telling ya'll this "looking homosexual" thing is a joke! You can't resemble an orientation!


    Aaron Pace is a 22-year-old straight man from Gary, Indiana who wanted to donate blood at his local blood and plasma center. But after undergoing the usual interview and screening procedures, Pace asserts, he was told by members of the center's highly-trained Secret-Gay Detection Unit that he "appear[ed] to be a homosexual" and therefore couldn't donate.

    It's not clear how Pace's "looks, character, and behavior" made him "appear" homosexual, given that a., no one from Bio-Blood Components Inc., the donation center that allegedly rejected him, is discussing the matter with The News; and b., no official, definitive "homosexual" code of looks, character, and behavior exists, at least to our knowledge! All the same, Pace says he was "humiliated and embarrassed" by the experience.

    FYI, blood donation centers are allowed to turn away gay men because of a Food and Drug Administration policy—enacted in 1983 for HIV fear reasons—that prohibits men who have had sex with a man even once since 1977 from donating blood. Given that all blood is now tested for HIV, and that HIV can be transmitted between heterosexuals, it seems utterly senseless to discriminate against gay men who wish to donate blood. But it looks like the ban will remain in place for a while: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which had an opportunity to change it last year, decided to leave it as-i
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    Jul 18, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
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    The Food and Drug Administration policy, implemented in 1983, states that men who have had sex — even once — with another man (since 1977) are not allowed to donate blood.

    The policy was sparked by concerns that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was tainting the blood supply. And, back then, screening tests to identify HIV-positive blood had not yet been developed.

    Today, all donated blood is tested for HIV, as well as for hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases, before it can be released to hospitals. This is why gay activists, blood centers including the American Red Cross, and even some lawmakers now claim the lifetime ban is “medically and scientifically unwarranted.”

    “The deferral of men who have had sex with other men is still in effect in Indiana and across the country — with all blood banks, not just the American Red Cross — because all blood banks must be in compliance with FDA regulations,” said Karen Kelley, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross.

    That was my experience when I went to donate blood after 9/11. I was told I had been entered into a national data bank and was banned from donating blood for the rest of my life in the US. Even though I'm STD-free to this day, with no medical impediment to giving blood of which I'm aware.