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To: Anti-Bubba182

I would guess perhaps questions are asked. One example is the question to me as to whether I was a man who had sex with other men, or something of the sort, that is asked before you give blood. It is then probably assumed that because you were a man who engaged in homosexual behavior, that you are a homosexual yourself. That’s my thought anyways.


10 posted on 08/19/2011 12:31:23 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: Morpheus2009
It's the activity rather than the inclination that makes the blood potentially unsafe to use. A man who considered himself "straight" but had engaged in sex with another male could potentially be infected, whereas a man with homosexual inclinations who had never acted on them would not be potentially infected. So I think the Red Cross questionnaire has it right.

They also try to exclude men who have had sex with prostitutes (because of the danger of infection) but no questionnaire is going to catch everyone, even if everyone answers truthfully--a man could be infected from a girlfriend who earlier had an affair with an infected bisexual man. In the past there may have been an effort to exaggerate the extent of heterosexual transmission of the AIDS virus, but it does happen.

69 posted on 08/19/2011 5:58:34 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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