FDA still has 27 year ban in place no...

FDA still has 27 year ban in place not allowing gay men to donate blood

There are 13 comments on the KNDU story from Jul 20, 2012, titled FDA still has 27 year ban in place not allowing gay men to donate blood. In it, KNDU reports that:

Summer is a time when there's a higher need for blood donations, but for the last 27 years, there is a group of people who have a lifetime ban on donating blood.

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“Where's my fairy wand!”

Since: Apr 08

Reading PA

#1 Jul 20, 2012
Considering we have a accurate reliable test there is no reason for this ban no to be lifted.

Since: Jun 11

AOL

#2 Jul 20, 2012
The current policy is not based on science but rather on fear and prejudice. Risk screening should be used to separate out anyone who has engaged in high risk behavior rather than focusing on sexual orientation. While the current policy made sense before reliable testing was developed, now that we have such testing the current policy makes no sense.

Anyone can carry HIV and pass it on. But having the virus is required for passing it on. People who are not infected cannot pass the virus, no matter what they do. There is no reason to exclude people who are not infected and have not had the opportunity to become infected in a year. While the virus can sometimes go undetected for a month or more, the proposed new policy would require no risk of exposure within a year, which is plenty of time to develop the antibodies which would show up in the repeated testing.

Generalized statistics for an entire population cannot be applied to every person in that population. The population at risk is those who have had the risk of contracting the disease. That includes heterosexual people as well as gay and bi people. There is no need to exclude those who have no risk within the past year and have tested negative.
nealcmh

Columbus, OH

#3 Jul 20, 2012
I agree 100% with "Not Yet Equal" . He states the problem very well. I don't agree with the one year ban. What if an individual is in a monogamous relationship? They are not allowed give because they are engaging in "high risk behavior" on a very regular basis.

Lililth_Satans_B ore

Since: May 12

Bellevue, WA

#4 Jul 20, 2012
i say ban christian blood.... i don't want that sh#t in me
Bringmedinner

San Jose, CA

#5 Jul 20, 2012
If America had quarantined homosexual carriers of HIV/AIDS thirty years ago, we wouldn't have an AIDS problem in the country. It makes no sense introducing increased risk of any degree by allowing demonstrably depraved individuals to infect the blood supply. The many intentional infections of heterosexuals by homosexuals carrying out their televised threats of the 80's is quite enough harsh medicine to learn from these freaks.

Since: Jun 11

AOL

#6 Jul 20, 2012
Bringmedinner wrote:
If America had quarantined homosexual carriers of HIV/AIDS thirty years ago, we wouldn't have an AIDS problem in the country. It makes no sense introducing increased risk of any degree by allowing demonstrably depraved individuals to infect the blood supply. The many intentional infections of heterosexuals by homosexuals carrying out their televised threats of the 80's is quite enough harsh medicine to learn from these freaks.
You demonstrate the irrational, scientifically unsupportable prejudice and bigotry responsible for keeping the ban.

In the early days of the virus, there was no way to tell who was infected until they became very ill. Yet even in those days, many heterosexual people were also infected, both here and around the world.

Since: Jun 11

AOL

#7 Jul 20, 2012
nealcmh wrote:
I agree 100% with "Not Yet Equal" . He states the problem very well. I don't agree with the one year ban. What if an individual is in a monogamous relationship? They are not allowed give because they are engaging in "high risk behavior" on a very regular basis.
I agree the one year proposal is unnecessarily long. More important is screening for high risk behavior in combination with testing.(and all donations are tested.)

I suspect the one year proposal is to appease the irrational prejudice we see expressed here and elsewhere.
Rowdy Yates

Miami, FL

#9 Jul 20, 2012
"In response, Freeman has launched his own suit against CBS, alleging that the policy violates his Charter right to equality and that it is scientifically unfounded"

ISN'T THAT YOUR ARGUMENT FOR MARRIAGE?
Not Yet Equal wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree the one year proposal is unnecessarily long. More important is screening for high risk behavior in combination with testing.(and all donations are tested.)
I suspect the one year proposal is to appease the irrational prejudice we see expressed here and elsewhere.
Rowdy Yates

Miami, FL

#10 Jul 20, 2012
Samatha Posted:

Gay Sexual Practices Lead to Uptick in Disease

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FECAL SEX About 80% of gays admit to licking and/or inserting their tongues into the anus of partners and thus ingesting medically significant amounts of feces. Those who eat or wallow in it are probably at even greater risk. In the diary study,5 70% of the gays had engaged in this activity--half regularly over 6 months. Result?--the "annual incidence of hepatitis A in...homosexual men was 22 percent, whereas no heterosexual men acquired hepatitis A." In 1992,26 it was noted that the proportion of gays engaging in oral/anal sex had not declined.

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Gay Men and Shigellosis
What is Shigellosis?
Shigellosis is a disease that causes stomach cramps, fever, diarrhea and sometimes bloody diarrhea.
What causes Shigellosis?
Shigellosis is caused by the Shigella bacterium. Shigella is found in feces (shit).
Who gets it?
Anyone can get Shigellosis. Gay men get Shigellosis at higher rates than others. People with a weakened immune
system get more sick than others.
How do you get it?
You can get Shigellosis when feces comes in contact with your mouth. This can happen with oral/anal sex play. This
can happen when you use your fingers or hand for anal sex play and then touch your mouth. Even microscopic
amounts of feces that get into your mouth can cause Shigellosis.
How can I avoid Shigella?
Play safely. In addition to safe sex guidelines to prevent HIV, maintain good hygiene. Wash every
part of your body that is sexual with soap and water before, after and between sex play. Use condoms
or other kinds of barriers like dental dams, latex gloves or plastic wrap and be aware of
what body parts may have come into contact with feces during sex play. Wash them with soap
and water. Use condoms with sex toys, and discard the condoms after use.
What do I do if I think I have Shigellosis?
• If you think you have Shigellosis, see your doctor.
• Inform your partners.
• Wash your hands a lot.
• Don’t have sex until 7 days after symptoms end.
• Talk with a medical provider about what you can do to reduce your risk.
publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/Shigellosi...

Since: Jun 11

AOL

#12 Jul 20, 2012
Rowdy Yates wrote:
"In response, Freeman has launched his own suit against CBS, alleging that the policy violates his Charter right to equality and that it is scientifically unfounded"
ISN'T THAT YOUR ARGUMENT FOR MARRIAGE?
<quoted text>
Donation of blood has nothing to do with marriage. Marriage is a fundamental right, while blood donation is not.

This demonstrates the problem of a blanket ban rather than focusing on high risk behavior. Some people who understand the ban is irrational, will lie. If the policy focused on individual risk behavior assessment, with a reasonable and scientifically supportable waiting period, people would be more likely to be honest. Yet all blood is tested, regardless of the answers given during screening.

Since: Jun 11

AOL

#13 Jul 20, 2012
And despite the frequently re-posted hate spam intended to demonize, stigmatize, and dehumanize gay people while providing no scientific justification nor legitimate governmental interest sufficient to justify denial of equal rights, there are no gay diseases, and the largest group to suffer from shigellosis is children.
david traversa

Cordoba, Argentina

#14 Jul 20, 2012
I hope they're blood-testing the straights.. Or the fact of their being heterosexual immediately classifies them as immune? I wouldn't be surprised..
david traversa

Cordoba, Argentina

#15 Jul 20, 2012
Bringmedinner wrote:
If America had quarantined homosexual carriers of HIV/AIDS thirty years ago, we wouldn't have an AIDS problem in the country. It makes no sense introducing increased risk of any degree by allowing demonstrably depraved individuals to infect the blood supply. The many intentional infections of heterosexuals by homosexuals carrying out their televised threats of the 80's is quite enough harsh medicine to learn from these freaks.
(I really don't know why I bother anymore but here it goes) Are you implying that heterosexuals "inadvertently" went to bed with homosexuals and got infected, or what? This "infecting of the blood supplies" sounds like the ravings of a lunatic and what proof do you have of this? Hearsay? Did you personally start a secret campaign and with the help of a gay went about your evil task? I know you homophobes are desperate but, till now, I had hardly realized how very desperate you are.. The realm of fantasy would seem to be only place left for people as twisted as you..

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