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U.S. Representatives Push to End Gay Blood Ban

There are 48 comments on the EDGE story from Feb 5, 2014, titled U.S. Representatives Push to End Gay Blood Ban. In it, EDGE reports that:

On Jan. 30, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley observed National Blood Donor Month with a call for the need to reevaluate the donation criteria that prevents men who have sex with men from donating blood for life.

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Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#64 Feb 12, 2014
Xstain Fatwa wrote:
And they now, in the US, have comprehensive testing of donated blood, anyway, because donors often won't know if they have hep A through C or mono or HIV.
The tests detect antibodies, a person can be infected for up to two months before antibodies show up in a blood test and the disease is transmittable during the entire two months. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know it makes sense to keep the gay blood ban in place. Only a fool would think otherwise.

“ reality, what a concept”

Since: Nov 07

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#65 Feb 12, 2014
Wondering wrote:
The tests detect antibodies, a person can be infected for up to two months before antibodies show up in a blood test and the disease is transmittable during the entire two months. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know it makes sense to keep the gay blood ban in place. Only a fool would think otherwise.
The test detect antibodies, the tests currently in use by the Red Cross and other suppliers of blood and blood products can detect most infections within 4 days and all of them within 7. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know it doesn't make sense to exclude otherwise healthy donors who haven't recently risked exposure, regardless of their sexual orientation. Only a fool would think otherwise. Isn't that right, Pietro?

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

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#66 Feb 12, 2014
Homosexuality is gay.
Jim

Abilene, TX

#67 Feb 18, 2014
Wondering wrote:
<quoted text>
The tests detect antibodies, a person can be infected for up to two months before antibodies show up in a blood test and the disease is transmittable during the entire two months. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know it makes sense to keep the gay blood ban in place. Only a fool would think otherwise.
So wait 2 months or more after the blood is donated; test for antibodies if its clear of antibodies it apparently is free of HIV.

“ reality, what a concept”

Since: Nov 07

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#69 Feb 19, 2014
Marcavage s Trick wrote:
There's a reason why we gays can't donate blood, you do realize that,don't you?
Yes, because of regulations passed thirty years ago, which made sense at the time, but have been invalidated by scientific progress made since. They remain in place because irrational bigotries are allowed to trump scientific reason. Did you think you were making some sort of point with this response? Foolish child. You score more points for our side of the debate than you do your own. God must love useful idiots, He made so many of you.
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Faribault, MN

#70 Feb 19, 2014
A street walking prostitute can give blood but a gay man can not..

How stupid.

“ reality, what a concept”

Since: Nov 07

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#71 Feb 19, 2014
Jim wrote:
So wait 2 months or more after the blood is donated; test for antibodies if its clear of antibodies it apparently is free of HIV.
ACTUALLY, the test currently in use by the Red Cross and others, which collect blood and blood products, are able to detect ALL HIV infections within 7 days of transmission and most within 4. Antibodies to the virus appear in the body immediately after its infection is detected by the immune system, it's just a matter of being able to catch them as they appear in the blood.

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Since: Nov 07

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#73 Feb 19, 2014
Wondering wrote:
The tests detect antibodies, a person can be infected for up to two months before antibodies show up in a blood test and the disease is transmittable during the entire two months. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know it makes sense to keep the gay blood ban in place. Only a fool would think otherwise.
That would be a good point if it were accurate, but the test that the Red Cross and others use are able to detect anti-bodies within 4-7 days of infection.

http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-bloo...

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