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Homosexual Blood Donation
 
# 16 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 00:33
 
 
The ban on gay men donating blood was put in place during the AIDS panic of the 1980s and there were justifiable reasons for it at the time. Gay men aren't the only group of people banned from giving blood - so are anyone who lived in the UK in the 1980s and early 90s. All blood donated should be rigourously screened and these blanket and blatant discriminatory bans would not be needed.

There have been protests on this issue before, but these have been qiute small and sporadic. A concerted, organised campaign is needed and the blood issue has taken a back seat compared to the same sex marraige campaign.

I too get angry when I see those adverts urging people to donate blood.
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# 17 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 00:39
 
 
The same ban applies in the US.
There have been many protests, even the US Senate has called for a repeal.
So far no luck.
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# 18 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 00:43
 
 
As a AB- blood type I donate regularly.

I lied on my initial easement (which oddly enough was given by a lesbian I know).

By all means bring me to court for my error but please do stop sending your letters reminding me to donate my life saving blood before hand.
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# 19 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 00:59
 
 
Someone said :
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?

as a regular blood and plasma donor i think this is a farce!
if they screened the blood that they are supposed to under stringent measures none of this would matter. yes they must have a questionnaire as protocol to elimination. but they can't rely on this. many a gay persons precious blood donations are being put to waste because of this. "are you a man than has ever had sex with a man" is a common question. if you answer truthfully you are eliminated from donating blood. but i have never had that discrimination. because we all know lesbian sex is safe and non risk

i also love the question "are you a woman who has sex with a man who has had sex with another man"

this is what we are dealing with and it makes me so angry with the ignorance of it all but still i do it because i can spare it and i think its worth it.

if they done their screening properly none of this would matter
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# 20 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 01:00
 
 
Why would they discriminate against gay blood if they didn't have their reasons?
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# 21 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 01:04
 
 
Fucking cunting imbicilic lazy bolloxes,a typical "couldn't give a fuck" attitude,are they on an astronomical salary? This type of attitude seems to be synonymous with an inflated sense of power and pay packet.
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# 22 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 01:06
 
 
Someone said :
Why would they discriminate against gay blood if they didn't have their reasons?

because in my opinion they do not screen it thoroughly and its just another thing to be eliminated. if they screened it properly none of this would matter. just take a look at the fiasco that is coming to light in the recent years.
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# 23 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 01:19
 
 
Yes, but that's open to speculation. They'd have to screen all blood.
One problem is that a newly infected person with HIV can show up negative in tests for a few months. However, HIV can affect everyone irrespective of sexual orientation of course. I just think banning any section of society from donating blood doesn't make sense since they're always crying out for more blood donations. Therefore perhaps they have there reasons not to accept gay blood.
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# 24 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 01:29
 
 
Someone said :
Yes, but that's open to speculation. They'd have to screen all blood.
One problem is that a newly infected person with HIV can show up negative in tests for a few months. However, HIV can affect everyone irrespective of sexual orientation of course. I just think banning any section of society from donating blood doesn't make sense since they're always crying out for more blood donations. Therefore perhaps they have there reasons not to accept gay blood.

yes i agree that is why they should not be so hasty with distributing blood before its quarantined period but desperate times call for desperate measures and this is their downfall. a straight mans blood can be just as infected as a gay mans blood yet they refuse the gay mans blood on elimination grounds

really at the end of the day they could not care care less about doing their job. i have worked in these places and i have seen. it is no different to walking into centra and asking for a sandwich and not getting the sandwich that you want. this is the reality of it.
it is organised chaos. i don't think anybody can answer a direct question when put to them!
why don't more gay men go in and question them and take a stance?
they don't - that is the problem.
forget about your protests. go in and deal with this on local grounds - but yet none are doing it
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# 25 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 01:43
 
 
Someone said :
Why would they discriminate against gay blood if they didn't have their reasons?

This has been discussed at length before. Here's the last of many threads

Link For This Page : http://www.gaire.com/e/f/view.asp?parent=815786&nav=7

Many here have protested directly to the Blood Transfusion Service - me included. They respond with a bunch of bullshit each time. There is no doubt in my mind that the ban is politically motivated, i.e. done for PR purposes rather than being based on medical evidence.

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# 26 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 05:49
 
 
Donating blood? Never an issue in my place. I don't see any problem why donating blood should be banned?
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# 27 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 08:14
 
 
Do you have to declare your sexuality, even if you know your clean! They have to check it anyway, dont they?
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# 28 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 09:42
 
 
I really should get all people I know who lived in England in the 80s, myself included to have a protest. The rules are the rules put in place because of the risk of infection, it's not homophobic, just as banning English blood isn't nationalist.
Though saying that if you know you are infection free, do what Oein does and lie to help.


Reasons I can't give blood:
1. Lived in England
2. Had a blood transfusion
3. Am underweight
4. I have visited an area where there is a risk of West Nile Virus (such as Canada, the USA, parts of Europe, Israel or the Southern Federal District of Russia) in the last 28 days?
5. I have visited a tropical or a malarial country in the last 12 months?
6. I have had a piercing or tattoo in the last 4 months.
7. I'm anaemic
8. I have epilepsy.


I think I'm going to have a big banner.


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# 29 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 09:50
 
 
I used to be a regular blood donour when I was still living in Portugal. It wasn't really the best idea as I was a vegan, very skinny and exercised a lot.


I stopped it after being diagnosed with anaemia, my blood iron was less than half the minimum level considered healthy for a man my age (22 at the time). I was so severely anaemic my doctor asked me if I had noticed any internal bleeding. After months of taking iron suplements with no response (my blood iron kept getting lower and lower) he finally put me on this gigantic 1 gram of iron pills. they did the trick.

that was a weird year, i was basically constantly asleep or struggling to keep awake. still managed to go to uni and the gym, though.


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# 30 : Thursday 29-7-2010 @ 15:46
 
 
Someone said :
Though saying that if you know you are infection free, do what JK does and lie to help.

Erm, Ery...I don't recall mentioning that I lied in order to give blood. I think you might have mixed me up with Oeiny.


Anyhow, the ban is stupid and outdated. I think it's politicaly motivated like Cheezy opined. After the big blood scandals here in Ireland over the Anti-D/Hep C issue in the 1990s and another one I can't remember off the top of my head, the ITBS are just trying to cover their asses because of the big mistakes they made in the past due to lax practices in screening blood. There are hiding behind the ban on gay men giving blood as "best practice."

Like how can anyone honestly know if, say, you slept with a woman who slept with a guy who slept with another woman who at one point sex with a guy who slept with another guy? This is ridiculous crap!

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