Men who have sex with men are still banned from donating blood

  • Beeftastic

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    Jun 19, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    I was looking to donate blood for a blood drive. And I saw that they still ban men who have had sex with men from giving blood. You are not eligible if you are:

    * You are a man who has had sex with another man since 1977.
    * You have engaged in sex for money or drugs since 1977.

    What do you think of this? I was surprised this was still a rule.

    They test blood for HIV and other things before they release it.

    Many men have had sex with another man at least once in their life.

    Today any person gay or straight has the potential to have the same diseases.
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    Jun 19, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    It's absolutely fucking retarded! I tried to donate blood 5 years ago.. turned away because of my tattoo and that i have sex with men. don't get it.
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    Jun 19, 2012 10:16 PM GMT
    I can't donate blood either because I lived in Europe during the 1980s. So I'm still screwed either way icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 19, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    So they don't want my blood. Whatever.
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    Jun 19, 2012 10:20 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidSo they don't want my blood. Whatever.


    Mm, morcilla!

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    Jun 19, 2012 10:23 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidSo they don't want my blood. Whatever.


    Pretty much the conclusion one will have to reach. Again, we're dealing with some archaic thinking for times that have completely changed. Anyone can be HIV poz, so that makes this law redundant. Also it's discriminatory and puts a great deal of lives in danger... it's reckless.. but oh the fuck well.

    I feel the same way about (Pre reversal of DADT) the military. I don't go to parties i am not invited to, deffinitely not sticking my neck out for any cause that won't for me.

    This is though something that down the line in a "gay friendly" Obama Admin, i think should be revised.
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    I gave blood in college for money long ago. My roommate was too. He was straight. But after a while through the grapevine I think they though we both were gay. They told us our white blood count was low so they couldn't take us anymore. So there was this gay scare back then 25 years ago and can believe it is still there. Not shocked. I was almost refused health care with Pacificare one time because I said I went to a doctor for a venerial disease check. I didn't have anything.
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:19 AM GMT
    This makes me want to lie to give blood, then call them up after it's been used and tell them I'm actually gay.
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    Don't forget about organs too.

    I had my will drafted a couple weeks ago and the lawyer aked me about organ donation. I made sure to include in the will, although I have a damn fine set of organs nobody is entitled to them...sorry folks!

    I dated a man long ago whose mother went into renal failure and his terrificlly match kidney was rejected, even with a signed waiver. The mother did receive a different kidney and died.

    Personally, I don't care about my blood but I do miss the free cookies afterward.icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 20, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    Because gay blood may turn the straight blood gay durh. The only known cure for this is requires an exorcism, one small vodoo doll, a 1916 gutenberg bible written in eastern russian slovackian language, and one virgin alter boy for the priest performing the cermony.
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    Jun 20, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    rendon said a 1916 gutenberg bible


    FALLACIOUS! The 48 extant Gutenberg bibles were printed in the 15th c.
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    Jun 20, 2012 5:18 AM GMT
    Two Men about to Have Sex:

    Joe - "I'd like to cum inside you"
    Ben - "Are you negative?"
    Joe - "Yes"
    Ben - "Great. In that case, you can cum in my ass"


    Red Cross about to take a Man's Blood:

    Joe - "I'd like to donate blood"
    Red Cross - "Are you heterosexual?"
    Joe - "Ummm, yes"
    Red Cross - "Great. In that case, we'll take your blood"

    See the difference? That's because there isn't any! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 20, 2012 5:28 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    rendon said a 1916 gutenberg bible


    FALLACIOUS! The 48 extant Gutenberg bibles were printed in the 15th c.


    Thanks, I'm not exactly up to date on my Gutenberg bible history. But i learned something new so thanks.