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I Abstained From Sex for a Year to Donate Blood (NYT alert)
New York Times ^ | January 12, 2017 | JAY FRANZONE

Posted on 01/12/2017 6:56:00 AM PST by reaganaut1

IT shouldn’t be a big deal that I gave blood this week, but it is. To do it, I had to give up all forms of sex for a year. The reason: I’m gay.

With what we know today about the disease, it’s a stupid reason.

In 1985, in the early days of the AIDS crisis, the United States Food and Drug Administration recommended that men who had sex with other men be prohibited from donating blood indefinitely. This policy made sense at the time. In the decades since, the nation has made enormous progress against the virus. What was once a death sentence is now a treatable, chronic condition. And we can now detect what had been an elusive virus within seven to 28 days of infection, using nucleic acid testing.

In 2015, the agency modified the lifetime ban and allowed men who had sex with men to donate blood if they had abstained from sex for one year. This revision followed several years of study after an advisory committee found the lifetime ban “suboptimal.”

But this one-year blanket policy, which depends on the honesty of the would-be donor, still falls short by failing to consider a potential donor’s individual risk factors, an approach some other countries follow with success. As a result, this prohibition, which the American Public Health Association said “is not based in science but appears to be modeled after other countries’ choices and fears,” effectively forbids as many as two million potential donors to give blood, according to an analysis published in 2014 by the Williams Institute at the U.C.L.A. School of Law.

This past summer, the F.D.A. began the process of reconsidering its one-year policy.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: aids; blood; gayblood; hiv; homosexualagenda; taintedblood
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Trump and the congressional GOP should stop the FDA from endangering the blood supply. That is more important than homosexuals feeling good about their "lifestyle".
1 posted on 01/12/2017 6:56:00 AM PST by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

I doubt he abstained.


2 posted on 01/12/2017 6:57:48 AM PST by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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To: reaganaut1

STDs among gays is still many times higher than the heterosexual population.


3 posted on 01/12/2017 6:59:13 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Conservatives love America for what it is. Liberals hate America for the same reason.)
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To: Darksheare

Me, too.


4 posted on 01/12/2017 6:59:14 AM PST by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Darksheare

Maybe he just wasn’t getting any anyway...


5 posted on 01/12/2017 7:02:44 AM PST by Mannaggia l'America
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To: reaganaut1
I remember all the people dying before this policy was in place. Many hemophiliac young boys died. Many wonderful people who just needed a blood transfusion for surgery.

We do not want this horrow again. http://ahrp.org/bayer-documents-aids-tainted-blood-killed-thousands-of-hemophiliacs/r

6 posted on 01/12/2017 7:03:25 AM PST by w1andsodidwe (TRUMP. He makes me smile, too.)
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I Abstained From Sex for a Year to Donate Blood (NYT alert)

Homosexuals should *NEVER* be permitted to donate blood. Diseases which are a characteristic of this behavior, can linger for the rest of their lives. A year is nothing for a persistent or viral infection.

7 posted on 01/12/2017 7:04:24 AM PST by DiogenesLamp ("of parents owing allegiance to no other sovereignty.")
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To: Mannaggia l'America

Well, there’s always horses.
Ask “Mr Hands”. (he died of perforated colon)


8 posted on 01/12/2017 7:04:27 AM PST by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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To: reaganaut1

You did it for a year. Now you can do it for the rest of your life. Save your soul.


9 posted on 01/12/2017 7:04:47 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is EVIL and needs to be eradicated)
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To: Mannaggia l'America
Maybe he just wasn’t getting any anyway...

...cuz he was one fugly butthole?

What this guy misses is that any population with a higher rate of bodily fluids exchange than normal (homos, intravenous drug users) is going to not only incubate the things we know about, but also new things we don't know about, thereby putting blood recipients at unnecessary risk. But, he doesn't care about that... he just feels discriminated against.

10 posted on 01/12/2017 7:05:22 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: reaganaut1

And why the overpowering desire to give blood in the first place? If I was told I couldn’t give blood because I like eating squid, for example, it would be no skin off my nose. And I wouldn’t go around trying to convince everyone and myself that eating squid is normal. I wouldn’t march in squid pride parades and demand grade school children be taught squid tolerance. But then again, it’s just a habit of mine. I don’t want to shove it in anyone else’s face.


11 posted on 01/12/2017 7:05:53 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: reaganaut1

/eyeroll.

What does this guy want, a medal?


12 posted on 01/12/2017 7:06:03 AM PST by sauropod (Beware the fury of a patient man. I've lost my patience!)
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To: w1andsodidwe

I remember hearing doctors at my bedsite debate whether to give me another blood transfusion because of the risks. This was back in the 80’s when tainted blood was starting to infect our blood supply and not yet being effectively screened


13 posted on 01/12/2017 7:06:46 AM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: reaganaut1

No one wants to get AIDS just so you can feel altruistic. 1.7% of the population not being in the blood supply chain is not an issue.


14 posted on 01/12/2017 7:06:48 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Not just STDs, but STDs that have become resistant to all forms of treatment.

The queers continue to commit sodomy while on antibiotics, spreading the bacteria that is the last to die from the antibiotics, which have bacterial “children” that inherit the resistance.

And they mix with others who are doing the same.

And so on.

They’ve created superbacteria, especially in their typically weakened immune systems.

It’s microevolution at its most basic.

The queers will be the vector of the next plague that kills much of mankind.


15 posted on 01/12/2017 7:06:49 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Sometimes There Is No Lesser Of Two Evils)
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To: reaganaut1

Let them donate ... to other fags.

Else label and idenify the blood and let them face civil and criminal penalties for the transmission of AIDS via their donation


16 posted on 01/12/2017 7:06:55 AM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: reaganaut1

This doesn’t read like he donated blood to save lives. It reads like he donated blood to make a political point. I find that sad, and at least somewhat dangerous for those who receive his blood. Can’t liberals ever do good because it’s good, or is that inability part of today’s definition for “liberal”.


17 posted on 01/12/2017 7:07:19 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: reaganaut1

Arthur Ashe thanks the gay community for donating.


18 posted on 01/12/2017 7:07:31 AM PST by lurk (TEat)
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"What was once a death sentence is now a treatable condition."

So what he is saying is that AIDS is no big deal and we're all haters if we'd rather not catch it from him?

19 posted on 01/12/2017 7:07:34 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Flag burners can go screw -- I'm mighty PROUD of that ragged old flag)
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To: reaganaut1

Let’s not forget that then Governor of Arkansas BILL CLINTON had AIDS infected prisoners donate infected blood which caused lots of hemophiliacs die from the disease.

I have kin who, even today, must be monitored closely because in the 1980s, they had surgery and used donated blood from an unknown source.


20 posted on 01/12/2017 7:09:47 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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