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Homosexual Blood Donation
 
# 1 : Wednesday 28-7-2010 @ 23:40
 
 
According to the latest Haemophilia Society Magazine "none of the groups of people (who are deferred from donating blood, including men) see fit to protest at what is a public health measure.

Is that because 'the gays' actually think that they are too dangerous or because we are too focussed on obtaining civil partnership and other rights that we don't want to help anyone else who needs blood?
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# 2 : Wednesday 28-7-2010 @ 23:44
 
 
Neither of the above from my point of view,just never thought about it really.
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# 3 : Wednesday 28-7-2010 @ 23:45
 
 
So why has nobody protested.
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# 4 : Wednesday 28-7-2010 @ 23:48
 
 
Some people have already,but the blood people are not interested,full stop,they are just following international orders,my blood is pure,but they can pox off if they think they are getting a drop of it with that stupid attitude.
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# 5 : Wednesday 28-7-2010 @ 23:50
 
 

Why should it necessarily be the gays that have a responsibility to protest this ban, when, in fact, the group of people most adversely affected by blood shortages are heterosexuals.

fetch
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# 6 : Wednesday 28-7-2010 @ 23:51
 
 
First I'm hearing of this, gay's cant donate blood all of a sudden? What?
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# 7 : Wednesday 28-7-2010 @ 23:52
 
 
Someone said :
First I'm hearing of this, gay's cant donate blood all of a sudden? What?

It's been that way for about 25 years lad
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# 8 : Wednesday 28-7-2010 @ 23:59
 
 
As I said, none of the groups banned from donating blood have protested. It makes it seem like, if they protest the rules may change.

I have a blood disorder, so cant really fight for the right to give blood, considering even if I won, I still cant give blood, but I would definitely support any group seeking change.
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# 9 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 00:02
 
 
Someone said :
As I said, none of the groups banned from donating blood have protested. It makes it seem like, if they protest the rules may change.

I have a blood disorder, so cant really fight for the right to give blood, considering even if I won, I still cant give blood, but I would definitely support any group seeking change.

They have protested. In fact I believe that the USI has in the past organised a significant campaign against the ban, obviously, without success.

fetch
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# 10 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 00:04
 
 
Fair enough, I'll write to them and state that they are wrong. If they publish the letter or acknowledge that protests have been made I will advise, but I still think it's bad form that we are blanked when it comes to blood donations.
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# 11 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 00:08
 
 
Someone said :
Fair enough, I'll write to them and state that they are wrong. If they publish the letter or acknowledge that protests have been made I will advise, but I still think it's bad form that we are blanked when it comes to blood donations.

You'll get no disagreement from me, but I don't think the ban will change unless the push to change it comes from a larger proportion of society than the gay community alone.

fetch
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# 12 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 00:09
 
 
There have been many protests over the years. It has also been a topic discussed in the media a lot too.

The idea that somebody needs to protest to donate blood is just mad. Every time I hear the ads appealing for blood donors it just fills me with anger.

This is a link to a protest a few years back.

http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=11091

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# 13 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 00:14
 
 
I dont know if I am more annoyed that they are saying that there are no protests or that people think it's right that there should be blanket disapproval over certain groups without even giving the option to test individuals first to confirm if blood is ok.
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# 14 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 00:19
 
 
Just laziness based on statistics that are years/decades out of date.
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# 15 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 00:26
 
 
Someone said :

It's been that way for about 25 years lad

What? Thats just plain stupid!
So when you walk in they ask you stuff like if you've eaten recently, any blood disorders, and if you are gay or not?
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