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Despite pressure, ban on gay blood donors endures
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 16, 2013 | DAVID CRARY

Posted on 09/16/2013 6:13:22 AM PDT by artichokegrower

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
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"According to the FDA, men who have had sex with other men represent about 2 percent of the U.S. population, yet accounted for at least 61 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S. in 2010"

Probably a good reason to keep the ban in place.

1 posted on 09/16/2013 6:13:22 AM PDT by artichokegrower
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RE :”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.”

Or this ban could be a reason why gays progression has been so successful, because Americans no longer see any negative consequences from such activies. In other words a positive for them.

Was this brought up to the SCOTUS in those marriage cases?

2 posted on 09/16/2013 6:17:05 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: artichokegrower

This is one place where a liberal will ignore political correctness in favor of reason.

Why?

No one can predict when or if they will need blood. So, while liberals love homos, they don’t want HIV. If allowing homo blood into the mix wouldn’t effect the liberal elite, they’d have done it already.


3 posted on 09/16/2013 6:18:16 AM PDT by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: artichokegrower

D*mn right it does.


4 posted on 09/16/2013 6:19:56 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: artichokegrower

Another reason why you should, for elective surgery, SELF-DONATE!!!!


5 posted on 09/16/2013 6:21:46 AM PDT by ssaftler (Oh, hell YEAH!!!! This is absolutely Obama's fault)
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To: artichokegrower

As a Father who raised a son with hemophilia, thes fudge-packers shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a blood bank!


6 posted on 09/16/2013 6:23:04 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: sickoflibs

I can think of very valid reasons not to receive blood transfusions now.This is beyond stupid. They are shooting themselves in the foot big time by bowing to the LGBT crowd on this one. Its not like you could potentially get a old and the sniffles; any screwups on the blood screening that misses the HIV irus and you’re toast. Ommon sense has ben thrown out the window in the name of fairness / PC. I guess the dummies are going to have to learn why there are policies and rules the hard way.


7 posted on 09/16/2013 6:25:00 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

^ I meant by even discusing this because you kniw why they are bringing it up


8 posted on 09/16/2013 6:26:01 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

^ I meant by even discussing this because you know why they are bringing it up


9 posted on 09/16/2013 6:26:36 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: artichokegrower
Critics say the policy has been rendered obsolete by advances in testing which can which can detect HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — within days of infection.

Unless things have changed, I don't believe this is true -- unless the definition of "days" is "many days".

The median window period for the nucleic-acid test is 17 days. The antigen test has a shorter window, but its sensitivity is low.

10 posted on 09/16/2013 6:27:07 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: artichokegrower

Simple, nobody would knowingly TAKE blood from a gay-friendly source.


11 posted on 09/16/2013 6:27:49 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: artichokegrower
Despite pressure, ban on gay blood donors endures

Wrong. Common sense and sanity prevails... at least for now.

12 posted on 09/16/2013 6:28:24 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: justlurking

Even if it is true, as I understand it the same can not be said about Hepatitis C... which also runs rampant among the rump rider “community”.


13 posted on 09/16/2013 6:30:55 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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RE : They are shooting themselves in the foot big time by bowing to the LGBT crowd on this one

???

It says the ban continues.

14 posted on 09/16/2013 6:33:14 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: artichokegrower

In addition to the other comments, blood bank screening can only catch the diseases we know how to test for already. Even ignoring the latency period issue, it is clear that gays are 30 times as likely as straights to harbor HIV. Clearly, their lifestyle predisposes them to blood-borne illnesses, and new ones are always emerging.

Why take the chance? So they can sell blood, or just to make them feel good about themselves?


15 posted on 09/16/2013 6:33:43 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Common Sense 101

Homosexual men carry all kinds of STD and other diseases. The list of diseases the average homosexual man has had is appalling.


16 posted on 09/16/2013 6:35:58 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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> In the News/Activism forum, on a thread titled Despite pressure, ban on gay blood donors endures, sickoflibs wrote:
RE : They are shooting themselves in the foot big time by bowing to the LGBT crowd on this one
???

It says the ban continues.

Hit the send button before I read that part but by even discussing the idea you know here it usually leads with PC crowd ...


17 posted on 09/16/2013 6:37:59 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: artichokegrower

It’s not fair that straights aren’t contracting AIDS at the same rate as promiscuous gays.

We need to level the playing field with blood transfusions of this blood borne pathogen.


18 posted on 09/16/2013 6:39:27 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Why haven't we heard from the 30 Benghazi survivors?)
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To: artichokegrower

More proof that sodomites are profoundly mentally disturbed. They want INNOCENT PEOPLE TO SUFFER HORRIBLE DEATHS to further their sick agenda.


19 posted on 09/16/2013 6:41:19 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade (The people have the right to tell government what guns it may possess, not the other way around.)
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CDC just announced that 94-95% of all new HIV case are related to Gay Sex.


20 posted on 09/16/2013 6:49:51 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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Interesting that the science is settled on the subject of global warming with very inconclusive data and observations while the science of blood born pathogens backed up with irrefutable evidence is ignored.


21 posted on 09/16/2013 6:58:59 AM PDT by artichokegrower
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CDC just announced that 94-95% of all new HIV case are related to Gay Sex.

I am shocked!/s
22 posted on 09/16/2013 7:00:28 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: artichokegrower

You cannot donate blood if you have piercings, or have traveled to Africa either. Are those discriminatory too? These perverts want to change the rules based solely on feelings rather than the facts. Fact is that AIDS is almost the exclusive domain of gays. No way around that.

If they ever accept gay blood, I will stop donating forever (except for family if needed)


23 posted on 09/16/2013 7:06:12 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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I donate a lot of blood. If they start letting gays donate, I will NEVER donate again!


24 posted on 09/16/2013 7:07:32 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too... @Onelifetogive)
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To: artichokegrower

Earth to homos: It’s not ALL about you!


25 posted on 09/16/2013 7:25:43 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: justlurking

Right, and how many homosexuals would you believe if they told you they had been celibate for the last 17 days?


26 posted on 09/16/2013 7:27:09 AM PDT by Boogieman
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It is extremely useful to know who in your trusted circle of family and friends has your blood type and can donate immediately for emerging situations.

My husband and I and our children all have the same blood type.


27 posted on 09/16/2013 7:27:36 AM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with brute force, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Africa, heck! I’m not allowed to donate blood because I’ve spent too much time in England. Apparently, all the British beef I’ve consumed puts at risk for carrying Mad Cow Disease. It doesn’t take much to not be able to donate blood.


28 posted on 09/16/2013 7:32:34 AM PDT by Eepsy
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To: artichokegrower

I couldn’t donate for a year because I was in a malaria-infested area for a total of a half-hour. Why should gays get a pass?


29 posted on 09/16/2013 7:33:10 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: artichokegrower

The Miteybad Solution:

Permit gays to donate blood only to a blood bank where the designated recipients are members of the House and Senate who are also members of the Democrat Party (the DEMGAYBB.)

All transfusion needs of the designated recipient group MUST be provided the DEMGAYBB. All pertinent current legislation will be amended to so reflect.

Use of blood bank services by Democrat members of the House or Senate from any source other than DEMGAYBB shall be punishable by imnprisonment for a period of not longer than 20 years, a fine not to exceed $5,000,000.00, or both.


30 posted on 09/16/2013 8:06:16 AM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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You are so right about liberals and their hypocrisy about the gay culture. Apparently liberals still want to be assured that the blood supply is safe - so they have a reason to be grateful for the conservatives who supply the donated blood.
31 posted on 09/16/2013 8:08:37 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Red in Blue PA

It’s really 100 percent, but they didn’t think the American people could accept that truth.


32 posted on 09/16/2013 8:33:33 AM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: artichokegrower

There is another reason for the ban: there have been numerous and recorded attempts to “poison the well” by gay activists, in other words mass attempts to DELIBERATELY infect the blood supply.

Thank God that the Red Cross and other orgs have steadfastly refused to cave to the buggery brigade. They ruin lives and society in all ways, yes, but the sheer horror of donated blood units being “ticking timebombs” (as one RC staffer put it) is the stuff of horror movies.


33 posted on 09/16/2013 9:32:45 AM PDT by Me1onCollie
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Normal people give blood. To make homosexualists seem normal they must be able to give blood too. See my tag line.


34 posted on 09/16/2013 9:58:17 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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Does anyone just step back and ask "Why is less than 2% of the male population SO eager to doante blood?"

Seems a simple question. Maybe the answer is a desire to spread their diseases in the hope of accelerating the search for cures?

35 posted on 09/16/2013 11:00:46 AM PDT by doorgunner69
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