Jun 13, 2010 8:21 PM GMT
Caslon14000 said'...a heterosexual man or a woman having sex with an HIV-positive partner is restricted from giving blood for one year from that contact, while gay men face a lifetime ban. ... The Red Cross and other blood-collection organizations support a one-year ”deferral,” or waiting period, on donations after male-to-male sex, saying the current ban is scientifically unwarranted."
All it has to be is male to male, not a poz male, and one is still banned for a year. So gay men have to go celibate for a year to qualify. But straights dont have abstain from sex. That is the same as keeping the ban.Even if a straight has had sex with a poz person, they dont have to abstain from sex for a year. They are only restricted for a year FROM THAT POZ CONTACT.
Thats why I dont donate blood or money to the Red Cross.
djaj saidI'm not so concerned about the discrimination - more so that this implies that they are not testing the donor blood anyway. Otherwise they would have no need to worry...