My blood is O+, which is pretty common, and can be given to a variety of patients with various blood types. I have NO diseases of any kind. There is no reason whatsoever to stop me from donating, except for some leftover fear from the first days of the AIDS scare, which dates to the very early 1980's. Many people still had rotary phones in their houses, few had a computer, nobody had cell phones. Look how much has changed since then! Why is this archaic rule still around, and why hasn't someone in this administration changed it? At the time the old rule was adopted, we certainly knew little about HIV, how it was contracted or spread or how to combat it. People feared touching the same doorknob as someone who had HIV! That's obviously ridiculous. So is this FDA ban on gay men donating blood. It's just stupid.
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When Blake went to donate blood for his friend Emmy (who has sickle cell anemia) he was turned away because he is gay. That's when he and and his partner Brett decided to do something about it. At first thought the FDA's policy that bans gay men from donating blood appears to discriminate against a small minority of citizens. In reality, it affects not just those targeted by the…
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, and his voice is well respected throughout the medical community. With a specialized knowledge of HIV/AIDS and an awareness of the blood shortages in the US, Gupta must recognize that lifting the gay blood ban would not only help to save lives, but would also put an end to a discriminatory policy. The American Red Cross, the…
Every 2 seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. By making this pledge you are going to help save lives. While gay and bisexual men are BANNED for donating blood, it is incredibly powerful to have eligible donors donate blood in our place. By donating blood for a gay and bisexual man you are also supporting LGBT equality and calling for an end of the Gay Blood Ban. While donating blood be…
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