US Ban On Gay Blood Donations May End -- Will You Donate Yours?

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    May 26, 2010 6:13 PM GMT
    This article appeared through RJ here, about the possibility that the US ban on gay men donating blood may be ending. I myself am a victim of this policy, banned for life right after 9/11, a story I've related here before.

    If the ban is indeed lifted, will you donate blood? I know I will, with my doctor's permission, since I've developed additional health issues since that day in 2001 when I was permanently barred. Here's the article:

    http://www.realjock.com/article/1656
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    May 26, 2010 7:16 PM GMT
    I won't run right out to do it. They took their sweet time repealing this; I will take my sweet time donating. I still have a gallon or so banked since the 70s.
  • calibro

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    May 26, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    i would, but i still don't think i qualify even without the gay ban
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    May 26, 2010 10:49 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidThis article appeared through RJ here, about the possibility that the US ban on gay men donating blood may be ending. I myself am a victim of this policy, banned for life right after 9/11, a story I've related here before.

    If the ban is indeed lifted, will you donate blood? I know I will, with my doctor's permission, since I've developed additional health issues since that day in 2001 when I was permanently barred. Here's the article:

    http://www.realjock.com/article/1656


    Something else Gay people cant do in a society where we are taxed liked everyone else ( and more so because we cant claim married ) but not given the same privagles as everyone else. I am not anti-american or liberal, just an observer who cant help but ponder these things before I am attacked for my thoughts.

    And to answer your question, no I wouldnt give my blood unless I knew exactly who is was going to,
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    May 26, 2010 11:04 PM GMT
    calibro saidi would, but i still don't think i qualify even without the gay ban

    Yeah, that's in question with me, too. I'll raise it with my doctor during my next visit, in anticipation that this policy will change within the next 12 months. My concern is all the meds I'm taking, that might make my blood unusable, even as plasma.

    But otherwise I should be OK, as I always was before, having a rare blood type, and never having had an STD or any kind of disease that would disqualify me. Plus I hardly even feel the loss of a pint of blood, in the Army sometimes donating faster than the recommended interval.

    I understand Caslon's attitude. But I think the losers here were them, not me.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    May 26, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    Even under the current ban, I'm eligible at the time I write this. So I donate platelets on a regular basis. Given that I'm not type O, and that my blood clots substantially faster than a normal person's, my platelets are more valuable to them than my whole blood is.
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    May 26, 2010 11:13 PM GMT
    housetrancformer saidAnd to answer your question, no I wouldnt give my blood unless I knew exactly who is was going to,

    An interesting point. On one hand I would like to direct my blood to those I think are deserving & needy. Certainly I would give it to my partner & friends. But who knows when they might need it?

    And what if the blood goes to some radical Teabagger? Should I know that, and if I did, should I withhold it? That's an ugly thought, and even as much as I hate Republicans and their illegitimate offspring, the Teabaggers, I could not deny someone help when they are ill.

    So no, I would donate blood in the way the system works, blindly and to whomever is selected to receive it. Because this issue must be viewed in its entirety, and by keeping an ample blood supply, more deserving people benefit than undeserving, whereas with a depleted supply more deserving people would be harmed along with a few undeserving. Assuming you even accept such terms as deserving & undeserving when it comes to health care, which I'm not sure I do.
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    May 26, 2010 11:29 PM GMT
    housetrancformer said
    And to answer your question, no I wouldnt give my blood unless I knew exactly who is was going to,


    That's exactly why I won't donate my organs after I die. icon_sad.gif

    No I will not donate my blood.... .....I'm O+ so there's nothing special about my blood. It's just far too common for me to even go through the trouble. icon_wink.gif

    MSUBioNerd saidEven under the current ban, I'm eligible at the time I write this. So I donate platelets on a regular basis. Given that I'm not type O, and that my blood clots substantially faster than a normal person's, my platelets are more valuable to them than my whole blood is.


    That's because you're not a real gay.

    Damn virgins. icon_wink.gif
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    May 26, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    Absolutely! It's so easy, and it seems there's always a shortage. And if it goes to some rabid right-winger, well that'll just be ironic.
  • Redhawk18

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    May 26, 2010 11:41 PM GMT
    I donate even with the ban. I am always safe, and tested regularly, and have a blood type where there is always a shortage. I don't need all the blood, so might as well give it to people who actually do need it, because I never know when I might need it from someone
  • coolarmydude

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    May 26, 2010 11:48 PM GMT
    I stopped donating to the Red Cross when I found out that they were the biggest proponents to barring blood donations to gay people.

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    May 26, 2010 11:49 PM GMT
    Oh goodness no. I don't even leave stray hairs or fingernail clippings around for fear that my enemies might use them as foci for their voodoo spells against me.
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    May 26, 2010 11:51 PM GMT
    Caslon14000 saidI won't run right out to do it. They took their sweet time repealing this; I will take my sweet time donating. I still have a gallon or so banked since the 70s.


    Please don't punish those that did nothing wrong! Not donating blood and or not being an organ donor (organ donation is a little more touchy) only hurts those in need!
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    May 27, 2010 12:57 AM GMT
    DoomsDayAlpaca said
    Caslon14000 saidI won't run right out to do it. They took their sweet time repealing this; I will take my sweet time donating. I still have a gallon or so banked since the 70s.


    Please don't punish those that did nothing wrong! Not donating blood and or not being an organ donor (organ donation is a little more touchy) only hurts those in need!

    Tell that to the Red Cross ....for the past 20 years, it must not have been hurting anybody.
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    May 27, 2010 1:01 AM GMT
    I donate blood anyway so it really doesn't matter to me; I just became a marrow donor as well. I've been a blood donor since 1997 when the red cross came to my high school and not once did they ask about sexuality (is it awkward to ask a high school student his/her sexuality?)
  • MSUBioNerd

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    May 27, 2010 1:14 AM GMT
    *sigh* It's not the Red Cross that bans donation from men who have had sex with men. It's the FDA, overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services. The American Red Cross has called for the repeal of this ban for years.

    The ban is offensive, wrong headed, and way outdated by current scientific information. But while it's worth being angry about, it's not worth being angry at the Red Cross over something that isn't in their authority to change.
  • mtneerman

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    May 27, 2010 1:33 AM GMT
    housetrancformer said.

    And to answer your question, no I wouldnt give my blood unless I knew exactly who is was going to,


    i would do it just so the teabaggers would have to worry if their blood was comming from a queer.
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    May 27, 2010 1:39 AM GMT
    No. I am a type 1 diabetic. Type 1 diabetics are now allowed to donate blood, but since I have had diabetes since I was young and started with bovine insulin, I will still not be allowed to donate. Sometimes U.S. companies did use British beef as a source for bovine insulin after 1980 and there is really no way to trace the source of that insulin after all these years.
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    May 27, 2010 1:54 AM GMT
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    May 27, 2010 1:54 AM GMT
    Fuck yes!
  • a2507

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    May 27, 2010 3:40 AM GMT
    MSUBioNerd said*sigh* It's not the Red Cross that bans donation from men who have had sex with men. It's the FDA, overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services. The American Red Cross has called for the repeal of this ban for years.

    The ban is offensive, wrong headed, and way outdated by current scientific information. But while it's worth being angry about, it's not worth being angry at the Red Cross over something that isn't in their authority to change.


    Actually, while it's the FDA which is directly responsible for the ban, you're wrong about the culpability of the Red Cross.

    The Red Cross has actively lobbied for the continuation of the ban, all while knowing that it represents shitty science. They have NOT called for the repeal as a national organization. Some individual Red Cross chapter have done so but they have been squelched by the national organization. Their motivation seems to have been economics....

    The Tulsa Red Cross Chapter almost 10 years ago tried to get this issue changed at the national level and was slapped down.
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    May 27, 2010 3:57 AM GMT
    Only if they have premium chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.icon_biggrin.gif

    This makes me think of the CIM marathon Dec/07 when there was a booth set up recruiting people for blood donation. The day before a marathon? Ya, right!icon_lol.gif
  • sportsdude12

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    May 27, 2010 3:57 AM GMT
    I probably should be donating my blood because I have a rare blood type. I'm AB negative. I had chest surgery when I was in middle school and the doctors ended up recycling my blood so I didn't need an outside transfusion.
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    May 27, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
    Yes, I certainly would donate my blood if given the opportunity. No hesitation.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    May 27, 2010 4:02 AM GMT
    Actually, no. The American Red Cross argued for the continuation of the ban in 2000. They argued for its repeal in 2006. See, for example, this article from the Advocate, and this story from NPR.

    The American Red Cross was culpable on this issue in the past. They haven't been for years now.