Ban on Gay Blood Donations in US Upheld

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    Jun 13, 2010 8:21 PM GMT
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37599992/ns/health-aids/
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    Jun 14, 2010 12:09 AM GMT
    '...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.



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    Jun 14, 2010 1:07 AM 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.

    You have that wrong, I believe. From the article:

    "...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." [My emphasis]

    And that lifetime ban is imposed if a gay man has had sex with another man anytime since 1977. And as proof, I was banned for life 2 weeks after 9/11 when I attempted to donate, and honestly answered that I had sex with men in the past.

    Not with poz men, not gay men, but with ANY men. The article goes on to say, though not with great clarity, that the US ban is based on sexual orientation, not just on recent high-risk activity or actual exposure to HIV.
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    Jun 14, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    Well, regardless of their decision, I still can't give blood because of my previous residency in Europe. They're still afraid every Euro has Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 14, 2010 7:43 PM GMT
    Fear.... fear and lawsuits.... fear of lawsuits.
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    Jun 21, 2010 7:40 PM GMT
    I'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...
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    Jun 21, 2010 8:03 PM GMT
    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...

    But they ARE testing the donor blood, they must. Because some donors will not know they are poz, and some will lie during the screening. It must therefore be assumed that all blood is suspect, and all blood must be tested, or else none of it is safe.

    That is one reason why the ban against gay donations makes little sense medically, only politically.