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HHS Identifies Final Areas Of Study Before FDA Can Lift Ban On Gay Blood Donations

There are 6 comments on the thinkprogress.org story from Jul 26, 2011, titled HHS Identifies Final Areas Of Study Before FDA Can Lift Ban On Gay Blood Donations. In it, thinkprogress.org reports that:

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a document laying out the “four final areas for additional study” before the government can reverse the 1983 ban prohibiting men who have had sex with men since 1977 from donating blood.

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“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#1 Jul 26, 2011
Yet another bunch of pointless government ridiculousness.

Since only the individual can assess their own risk factors and it's a self-assessing system, all anyone that knows their blood is clean has to do it not check the "I've had sex with another man" box and give blood anyway.

Yes, the ban is offensive, embarrassing, pointless, and needlessly turns away much-needed blood donations, but really, if someone wishes to give blood and knows they're clean, what's to stop them?

“Unconvinced”

Since: Nov 09

Seattle, WA

#2 Jul 26, 2011
eJohn wrote:
Yet another bunch of pointless government ridiculousness.
Since only the individual can assess their own risk factors and it's a self-assessing system, all anyone that knows their blood is clean has to do it not check the "I've had sex with another man" box and give blood anyway.
Yes, the ban is offensive, embarrassing, pointless, and needlessly turns away much-needed blood donations, but really, if someone wishes to give blood and knows they're clean, what's to stop them?
Agreed. I've always believed that it's pointless to create rules that cannot be enforced. If the only thing that's preventing gay men from donating blood is their own self-reporting, then that's some pretty shaky safeguarding.

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#3 Jul 26, 2011
EdmondWA wrote:
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Agreed. I've always believed that it's pointless to create rules that cannot be enforced. If the only thing that's preventing gay men from donating blood is their own self-reporting, then that's some pretty shaky safeguarding.
Absolutely. Does HHS think that blood isn't tested?? Do they really believe that self-assessment by donors is a reasonable part of the safety mechanisms for blood donations?? I sure hope not!!

“The Buybull is innerrrent.”

Since: Jun 08

Silver Spring, MD

#4 Jul 26, 2011
The self assessment problem inheres with other criteria, such as having traveled to the UK during a certain span of years.(Mad cow.)

The particular problem apart from the self assessment problem is the over broadness: Sex bewtween men since '77 is not the issue. The issue is whether it was unprotected anal (or vaginal) sex.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#5 Jul 27, 2011
Since this stupid ban was first put in place, I devised my own self-imposed rules for donating blood. Blood, by the way, that the local hospital requests from me every few months.

1. Donate blood only to people known by me, or known to support GlBT's.

I found that rule to be a very good guideline.

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#6 Jul 27, 2011
writewingproxycontin wrote:
The self assessment problem inheres with other criteria, such as having traveled to the UK during a certain span of years.(Mad cow.)
The particular problem apart from the self assessment problem is the over broadness: Sex bewtween men since '77 is not the issue. The issue is whether it was unprotected anal (or vaginal) sex.
It's even stranger than over broadness. It's that most blood donors can't possibly have a clue if they've *actually* been exposed to something that would be a problem and putting any trust in the donor to know is just nuts. There's way too many things that can happen that the donor wouldn't even know about. Relying on self-selection is just ridiculous. And extremely dangerous.

Hopefully, someone that's been having risky sex or doing IV drugs would self-select and opt out of donating blood anyway, but there's no way to assure they would. There are STILL people out there that don't believe that HIV causes AIDS. Or that straight people can get it.

And don't even start about the people, gay and straight, in long-term, committed "monogamous" relationships that both suddenly turn up HIV positive when neither one of them was doing anything outside the relationship....(rolling eyes).... Happens every day....

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