Skip to comments.(HHS) Panel votes to keep restrictions on gay blood donations
Posted on 06/11/2010 3:24:20 PM PDT by jazusamo
Following two days of testimony, a federal panel Friday voted against recommending changes to ease the current blood donation restrictions for gay men, saying more research was needed to help create a road map forward for future change.
By a 9-6 vote, members of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability agreed to continue the current donor policy which rejects blood donations from any man who has had sex with another man a category know as "MSM" even once in the past 33 years.
Gay rights groups and others say the 25-year-old policy is needlessly discriminatory, and the American Red Cross and other blood-collecting groups support a shorter deferral policy, down to as little as 12 months. But blood-user groups lobbied to keep the current policy, saying further research is needed.
The panels nonbinding recommendations will be brought to another panel led by Dr. Howard Koh, HHS assistant secretary of health. HHS recommendations will then go through the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) regulatory process, said Jerry Holmberg, executive secretary for the panel.
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Until they stop having unprotected sex in bathrooms and any other area they can sneak off to, and until they start showing they are living a clean lifestyle then I say they shouldn’t be allowed to donate blood. They just will infect others with their sicknesses and that is not right.
only a 9-6 vote on matters of extreme concern to public health? And the Supreme Court hardly ever does better than 5-4 on matters of personal freedom. I’m hangin’ by a thread, here, man!
Agreed, it should have unanimous or nearly so.
I know the libs don’t care if they kill a few extra Americans in the name of diversity, but is the political symbol of giving gay blood to healthy people worth the ObamaCare cost of treating more HIV patients for however long it takes for the death panels to decide we’ve spent enough on them?
The hetero world should be made to share in the consequences of gay vice. Its just not fair!
I’m sure it would be a strain, but they should go ahead and accept all donations from homos, just make sure the transfusions go back into homos.
Maybe it wouldn’t be that much of as strain. They are soooo proud of announcing their sexual orientation to the rest of us, they should be proud to have it marked on their donations and health care admissions forms.
Im sure it would be a strain, but they should go ahead and accept all donations from homos, just make sure the transfusions go back into homos.”
Gay blood banks would be as popular as Air America...and America would have the same amount of use for them ...none.
Yep, but we’d sure hear a lot of them screaming about it. :)
Please define “America” for me?
It is not okay to be gay.
Well what’s the problem? Truth in advertising. :)
Look at it like radiation decay.
I used to work as for the Red Cross.
The guidelines for donating blood are very strict and should remain so.
She has more backbone than any male politician out there right now. The Homosexual Nazis are really going to go ape-doody on her now!
>Iâm sure it would be a strain, but they should go ahead and accept all donations from homos, just make sure the transfusions go back into homos.<
Or why not have “progressive”, politically correct blood banks that would take blood from homosexual males (and IV drug users...we don’t want to hurt their feelings either) that all Liberals would be required to get their blood from, and sodomite-free blood banks for rational people.
If one can’t be happy in giving blood then why bother giving it?
They can keep their damn blood..
Gays will get the best of care. They are some of Obamas chosen people. Its old people, the mentally retarded (yes I said retarded)the cronically ill such as cancer patients and conservatives that have to worry.
In my mind, the giving of blood is a highly thoughtful, caring act. Although I do know that people do it for the cash. But in the same vein, I would hope people who wanted to donate would be thoughtful and caring enough to consider their lifestyle, have themselves regularly screened, or just not do it if they are in a somewhat “at-risk” category.
The whole point is to ultimately save lives. At least it used to be.
“The good news is, you survived the crash. The bad news is, you only have 6 months to live...”
“Gay rights groups and others say the 25-year-old policy is needlessly discriminatory, and the American Red Cross and other blood-collecting groups support a shorter deferral policy, down to as little as 12 months.”
And the homosexuals don’t really care if a few innocent people are unlucky enough to contract HIV from a transfusion. After all, why should that slow the advance of the Homosexual agenda?
Homosexuals will not change their behavior and they don’t care about spreading AIDS. The activists are sick vicious people who know that their life style can kill them.
They don’t care about themselves, so how could they care about any heterosexuals?
One thing that could be done to encourage the Red Cross and others to maintain the safety of our blood supply is to let them know that if they lower their standards and allow homosexuals to donate then we will stop donating. Let the blood supply be filled with the blood of 1.5% of our nation that contributes 60% of the reported STDs. When women and children start getting sick and start dying then the public will go ballistic on the politicians.
Gays and other high risk donors can sell their blood for medical research and that's important, too.
According to Shilts’ “And the Band Played On,” which documents the history of AIDS, blood donations by gays was one of the leading causes of it spreading so quickly.
When the CDC suggested shutting down gay bath houses and restricting gays from donating blood, the gay activists protested so viciously that the CDC backed down.
Gay activists, in addition to their sexual practices, were the primary cause of this disease killing so many gays.
Sounds like the elimination of don't ask don't tell. The leftists do not care about consequences -all things homosexual must be embraced... The 'study' is simply a means to a predetermined end -an inherently flawed academic rubber stamp on lunacy....
I can’t believe it was just 9-6.. it should have been 15-0!
“Until they stop having unprotected sex in bathrooms and any other area they can sneak off to, and until they start showing they are living a clean lifestyle...”
“Please define America for me?”
The America that left Air America dead after showing us their “best and brightest.”
And they would allow these people to be part of the emergency blood supply for our military forces.
Where do you have need for emergency blood more than on the battlefield, but “Don’t ask, don’t tell” being overturned will mean that our troops are put at risk.
Not any gay can give blood to our civilian population, but they’ll be on the front lines for emergency blood if they’re in our military.
“Screw the fighting man” is the policy of the Obama Democrats.
They are so, so wrong, and so very dangerous to the American military.
Should have pinged all of you to #32
I remember reading about some "thoughtful" South African homosexuals a few years back purposely tainting blood because they were banned from South African blood banks.
Some 120 members of the Johannesburg-based Gay and Lesbian Alliance(GLA) on Friday donated blood at clinics in response to a statement by the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) asking gays not to do so.
The group's members lied about their sexual status on an admission form and only after donating blood told the SANBS that 65 percent of them had engaged in high-risk sexual behaviour and were unsure of their HIV status, while at least one member had full-blown AIDS.
Link to SA blood tainting story
And who says homosexuals are morally depraved?
It's a good thing AIDS isn't a problem in Africa huh?
If the gay activists get this pushed through it will directly affect our military. Just another attack from the left to make the people of the country swallow the actions of deviates and the military will be most at risk.
It’s not even that they don’t care about the consequences - they want destruction.
The mindless followers may not know this, but the leaders and big guys are consciously striving for destruction.
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I don't need to write a word, just read what xzins wrote.
Actually, another thing to consider is this: Exactly who is it who is giving AIDS to homosexuals and killing them?
Hint: It's not normal people. They are killing each other. Now they want to kill everyone else, with the added bonus of ruining the military.
Indeed. Thank you for sharing your insights, dear brother in Christ!
Even Vampires refuse to be around them.
I’ve never figured out why they have these restrictions. I thought all blood was tested before being used anyway?
Can’t imagine why. I mean it’s not like homosexual men have much higher rates of transmittable disease or something.
They can test for most everything but it’s simply much cheaper and safer to eliminate high risk folks from the donor pool. Nobody has an inalienable right to have their blood drawn and donated.
human race needs a douche
And they’re not going to stop pursuing this diabolical, dangerous brass ring. Not by a longshot. If they have to install some of their own sodomites on the FDA panel, they will.
It is more than just AIDS. Homosexuals are afflicted with all kinds of diseases that otherwise are found only in the Third World.
Gee,I wonder why there’s something called the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center....
Screw the fighting man is the policy of the Obama Democrats.
How can we see the lifting of DADT as anything but as you describe?
Nine to six is pretty scary, but maybe those nine voices will speak up and be heard regarding the protection of the military blood supply.
The bash lash against this President is going to be deafening.
“Panel votes to keep restrictions on gay blood donations”
Why the hate?/s
You mean there is concern for the health of non-homos out there? Gee, I thought the bigots concerned with public health were relegated to the junkpile of neanderthals. There may be hope yet for those rednecks opposed to the agenda of the fecal-eaters.
For sure donating blood is not a right, and I personally think it's great that a significant consequence of a homosexual lifestyle is made so pointedly.
But on the other hand, one minor reason for giving blood is that it is almost like a basic de facto health check.