Well done to Jo. Everyone should do this if they can
Donating, like volunteer work, is a truly fulfilling experience.
Would love to, but alas too old at 45.
More a potential recipient.
A shame that due to the blanket blood ban, gay men feel that they cannot contribute in this way.
Oh, so there’re enough straight people (well, not nearly enough, but not enough to debase themselves with us) donating blood so they don’t need our filthy faggot blood, but they’re so desperate for marrow they suppose they have to deal with us? When the ban on gay people (unless HIV+ – and this obviously counts for any orientation!) donating blood is lifted I will happily donate marrow, blood and blood stem cells and that’s a promise.
There is NO scientifically valid reason to exclude someone from donating blood solely based on the fact they have had gay sex. The blood ban is apparently there to stop HIV+ blood from entering the donor-base, even though all blood is tested and *shock horror* straight people have anal all the time and are exempt. Even if a gay man tests negative for HIV he is still not allowed to donate. So let them squirm for their marrow until they recognize our civil right to contribute exactly as everyone else does.
They won’t change if we don’t make them.
Marrow and blood donor registers are run by entirely different organisations – I registered over a decade ago to donate marrow, and my gayness was never an issue even then.
As it happens, the blood service doesn’t have enough donors, but that is a separate issue entirely from Marrow donation.
Please do not treat Anthony Nolan in this way when the ‘blood ban’ truly is nothing to do with them. If you do, that’s actually only punishing people with Leukemia, etc, which I’m sure isn’t your intention.