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Despite pressure, ban on gay blood donors endures
Associated Press ^ | Sep 15, 2013 11:25 AM EDT | David Crary

Posted on 09/15/2013 1:30:42 PM PDT by Olog-hai

The U.S. gay rights movement has achieved many victories in recent years—on marriage, military service and other fronts. Yet one vestige of an earlier, more wary era remains firmly in place: the 30-year-old nationwide ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.

Dating from the first years of the AIDS epidemic, the ban is a source of frustration to many gay activists, and also to many leading players in the nation’s health and blood-supply community who have joined in calling for change.

In June, the American Medical Association voted to oppose the policy. AMA board member William Kobler called it “discriminatory and not based on sound science.” Last month, more than 80 members of Congress wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services, criticizing the lifetime ban as an outdated measure that perpetuates inaccurate stereotypes about gay men. …

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: aids; blood; blooddonors; homosexualagenda; riskybehavior

1 posted on 09/15/2013 1:30:42 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

As it should


2 posted on 09/15/2013 1:31:21 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: Olog-hai

The homosexuals will leave no stone unturned until you have to hide in a closet for being a heterosexual.


3 posted on 09/15/2013 1:34:29 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Olog-hai

Good. Freaks.


4 posted on 09/15/2013 1:38:00 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: svcw
As it should

Damn right.
The queers can kill each other all they want - but they're not putting their time bomb into normal people.

5 posted on 09/15/2013 1:41:53 PM PDT by grobdriver
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To: Olog-hai

I don’t understand why gays refuse to see this problem in their own community.


6 posted on 09/15/2013 1:42:10 PM PDT by struggle
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To: struggle
I don’t understand why gays refuse to see this problem in their own community.

They don't see it as a problem. Google or Bing "bug chasing gift giving".

And according to the left, we're bigots for refusing to accept this behavior as normal.

7 posted on 09/15/2013 1:50:55 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty
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To: struggle
Because people are afraid to tell them that their lifestyle is risky. Because that would be homophobic. The backlash has been extreme to the point it puts lives a risk.

Bottom line: thousands of partners will increase your chances of getting STDs dramatically. Very simple.

Also, quarantining is out of the question too. The quickest method of stopping the spread of life threatening STDs. An infected person can knowingly infect others.

8 posted on 09/15/2013 1:53:25 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: dhs12345

Problem is they’ll just start lying when answering the questions


9 posted on 09/15/2013 2:04:02 PM PDT by SendShaqtoIraq (Teresa Davis)
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To: Olog-hai

I have no problem with gays donating blood.
Simply label it as “Gay Blood” and let the marketplace decide what to choose.
It would be interesting to see what the libs would choose if they really believed in “choice”.


10 posted on 09/15/2013 2:17:33 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: SendShaqtoIraq

Of course.

Wonder if a large number of gays are selfish. The gays who are vocal are militant and WILL NOT BE TOLD HOW TO LIVE and, if they do indeed have AIDS, are murderers. Murderers of the other gays who they infect and innocents who use blood products.

And the general gay community are enablers of these murderers if they insist on allowing risky people to provide blood. There are individuals who could be singled out if a person dies from an infection from a blood product that was a result of their instance on allowing risky people to provide blood.


11 posted on 09/15/2013 2:21:51 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Olog-hai

It’s a shame AIDS didn’t work faster. Maybe homosexuals would have learned to be a lot less promiscuous, and a lot less people would have died from it.


12 posted on 09/15/2013 2:55:17 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: Olog-hai

I’ve given nearly 14 gallons of blood over the years but I will stop immediately if homos are ok’d to give blood.


13 posted on 09/15/2013 2:58:39 PM PDT by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Let them donate to each other.

Their problems and protests will solve themselves.


14 posted on 09/15/2013 3:14:20 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Second Amendment First

To hell with that Gay Blood crap; call it what it is, QUEER BLOOD, HOMO BLOOD, FAGGOT BLOOD, AIDS BLOOD.
The word GAY does not mean QUEER or HOMOSEXUAL.
Look it up in a legitimate dictionary; a dictionary printed before the 60’s and 70’s PC crap took over the publishing industry.
GAY means HAPPY, EXCITED,, KEENLY ALIVE, EXUBERANT, HIGH SPIRITS.
Now tell me; how many homos match that description, especially the queers with AIDS.
If you let them control the language, they control the debate and fabricate their own truth.


15 posted on 09/15/2013 3:57:27 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: Olog-hai

This is where the agenda is very clear. What does not allowing someone to donate blood take away from them?

These people ACTIVELY want to give diseased blood.


16 posted on 09/15/2013 4:00:46 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: JamesA
I stopped donating in the early 80’s. I asked one of the Red Cross nurses how they confirmed the answers on the donation forms and was told; “We don't confirm them, That Would Be An Invasion Of Privacy, We Expect People To Tell The Truth”.
To bad, I've got good quality product and a lot of people could have used it.
Now if I donate; it is for a specific person, at a specific time.
17 posted on 09/15/2013 4:08:00 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I have been a blood donor (very sought after blood type) for over 30 years (lost track after 100 donations). The day gays can donate is the day I start stockpiling my blood for me and my family...only.


18 posted on 09/15/2013 4:44:13 PM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: Olog-hai

I’ve never understood this push to allow donations from homosexuals. The reason for the ban is based on medical fact. My entire family is no longer allowed to give blood because we lived in Europe during the “mad cow” outbreaks. Even though we are all healthy and were at extremely small risk of exposure, we are still forbidden. That’s the way it is, and I am fine with it; even a miniscule risk of passing something along isn’t worth it.


19 posted on 09/15/2013 4:46:23 PM PDT by twyn1
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To: Olog-hai
I've only been in a position where I might need blood once...when I had my hip replaced a few years back.The surgeon said that I'd probably need blood during and/or after the surgery and *strongly* encouraged me to store my own blood in advance to get it back,which I did.Of course one can't always know in advance when he/she will need blood.
20 posted on 09/15/2013 5:37:40 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: struggle

Because they’re narcissistic as can be and refuse to deal with reality. The reality is that woman was made for man. And when one refuses that reality, why would they be sane, realistic and rational about anything else?


21 posted on 09/17/2013 6:05:00 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: twyn1

I think they think if they infect the greater society, there will be a greater push for treating homosexually related diseases.


22 posted on 09/17/2013 6:06:30 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Isn’t it funny how liberals revere biology and science EXCEPT the fact that homosexual conduct creates no children and is not really sex?

Marriage was built on both sexual consummation and children. Homosexuals can physically do neither.


23 posted on 09/18/2013 7:56:45 PM PDT by struggle
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