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Lifting US gay blood donation ban could add 219,000 pints a year

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  1. What a good idea – I’m all for it.

  2. Of course, not to forget that gays still can’t give blood in England — let’s sort out issues closer home before trying to fix the US, yeah? They have more important issues, like how most of the population thinking science is a big conspiracy.

  3. heirhynes 4 Jun 2010, 6:43pm

    This is stupid why on earth would blood banks discriminate against gays, why? Is it because of Aids, because research shows that the number one carriers of the disease are straight woman! What, do banks believe that if they use homo’s blood it would spread? But what’s funny is that they allow molesters, murderers and rapist to donate but not innocent gay men…. that makes no sense to me at all. So for all of you out there that is receiving blood transfusion. Watch out! Your blood could just be from a murder.

  4. HIV status is undetectable for up to 3 months from infection. This is why the BTS is reluctant to accept blood from gay men who cannot be conclusive about their status.

    It is not discriminatory, it is an actual risk.

    The alternative to the current system is to believe everyone who wants to give blood that they are clean, have been tested and have not done anything risky since a neg result.

    The problem we have is that if someone is HIV neg but has been a drug user, and not used drugs since their test, they can be 100% sure that they are still HIV neg. No active gay man can say that as even oral sex is only low risk.

    I understand the frustration, I tried to give blood in New York during 9/11 but couldn’t , not because I was gay but because I came from the UK where they had BSE.

  5. Dalston Mike 6 Jun 2010, 11:12pm

    Dave – the same can be said for sexually active straight people though so your 3-month HIV detection reason is totally unjustified. As a monogamous gay man I am a damn sight less riskier than all those straight people who are able to donate.

    It is totally and utterly discriminatory.

  6. heirhynes 7 Jun 2010, 5:15pm

    The issue here seems to be HIV/AIDs. My sister has AIDS she contracted from her straight husband who slept around with other women. Truth be told HIV/AIDS does not discriminate. so if AABB wants to make banns, i feel it would be more justified to bann all that have had any kind of sexual relations. Not just one group

  7. ladystrange1 7 Jun 2010, 6:58pm

    Folks, the truth is that blood banks ALREADY test EVERY donors’ blood for HIV/AIDS among about 20-some other diseases/virus’& also wbc, rbc, hgb counts, etc)PER the FDA & the AABB. True it’s about time this ban should be lifted, but look at it from the other side as well.

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