Again ...FDA spokeswoman Morgan Liscinsky said the agency strives to balance the need for blood with the need to keep the supply safe. She wrote in an email that men who have had sex with other men continue to have the highest rates of HIV infection. Such men represent about 2 percent of the countrys population, she wrote, but in 2010 they accounted for at least 61 percent of all new HIV infections.
Liscinsky noted that the FDA also requires that blood donations be barred from other groups of people, including those who have used intravenous drugs, worked as prostitutes, have hepatitis or traveled to countries with high risks of malaria or mad-cow disease
Not right, but I can understand how you could misread that data.
@ 60% of all NEW cases of HIV infection are among MSM (not necessarily gay), mostly poor, innercity persons of color.
What this means is that the young ethnic population isn't getting the message, aren't educated enough to understand the message, or are just not listening.
Remember, too, that the data is collected mostly from innercity free clinics, so the data will tend to be skewed in the direction of those populations.
I happen to agree that restrictions on donation are necessary, but the current ones aren't entirely rational.