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SJSU suspends blood drives, citing FDA ban on donations by gay men
San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/31/8 | Dana Hull

Posted on 01/31/2008 2:11:45 PM PST by SmithL

In a move believed to be the first by a college campus in the nation, San Jose State University President Don Kassing has suspended all campus blood drives because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration bars any man who has had sex with another man from donating blood.

"The FDA's lifetime blood donor deferral affecting gay men violates our non-discrimination policy," said Kassing in an e-mail sent to faculty, staff and students.

The suspension, which is effective immediately, applies to blood drives arranged by employees representing the university as well as blood drives organized by student groups.

The FDA's ban on blood donations by gay men has been in effect for years. The FDA says gay men are far more likely to be infected with HIV than the general population, and the agency has a duty to protect the nation's blood supply.

But the policy has been under intense debate, and a new generation of openly gay high school and college students is questioning and protesting what they say is a discriminatory policy.

Last year, the issue arose locally when the student body president at Harbor High School in Santa Cruz was turned away from donating blood because he is gay.

The fact that gay men are prohibited from donating blood - regardless of their sexual activity, safe-sex practices or HIV status - has rankled the gay community for years. The American Red Cross and other national organizations that regularly run blood drives are also pushing the FDA to revise the policy, which has been in place since AIDS awareness became widespread in the early 1980s.

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TOPICS: Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: biohazard; biologicalterrorism; biologicalwarfare; bioterror; bioterrorism; biowar; blood; buttpirates; communicabledisease; fecesfrolicers; homosexualagenda; rumprangers; sjsu; yourtaxdollarsatwork
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1 posted on 01/31/2008 2:11:47 PM PST by SmithL
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State School - Your Tax Dollars at Work!


2 posted on 01/31/2008 2:12:33 PM PST by SmithL (My tagline dropped out)
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To: SmithL

“The FDA’s lifetime blood donor deferral affecting gay men violates our non-discrimination policy,”

Yeah, and non-discrimination policies that affect the safety of the blood supply violate common sense.


3 posted on 01/31/2008 2:14:08 PM PST by dan1123 (You are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. --Jesus)
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To: SmithL

So some poor person who needs blood gets screwed because someone else got screwed. Nice.


4 posted on 01/31/2008 2:15:40 PM PST by kimmie7 (this year i will turn ffff....ffo........foooort.........i can't say it. i'll just be 20. twice.)
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To: SmithL
The fact that gay men are prohibited from donating blood - regardless of their sexual activity, safe-sex practices or HIV status - has rankled the gay community for years.

TS! they want to put the blood supply at risk just to ease theri feelings?

The American Red Cross and other national organizations that regularly run blood drives are also pushing the FDA to revise the policy

News to me as I just donated last week and the form specifically asked if I'd had sex with a man in the last twenty years.

5 posted on 01/31/2008 2:15:45 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SmithL
gay men don't kill people.

Only gay men with AIDS.

6 posted on 01/31/2008 2:16:01 PM PST by A Cyrenian
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To: SmithL

I didn’t take it personally when Mad Cow considerations kept me being able to donate. Sheesh.


7 posted on 01/31/2008 2:17:36 PM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: SmithL

Yes, let’s just taint the entire blood supply to show our tolerance for those who frolic in feces


8 posted on 01/31/2008 2:17:49 PM PST by digger48 (http://prorev.com/legacy.htm)
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To: SmithL
To all those who think EVERYTHING the government does is wrong, think again.

Thank you FDA!

9 posted on 01/31/2008 2:18:44 PM PST by lormand (Paulrhoids(TM) - The Hemorrhoids of American Politics)
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To: SmithL

Disgusting. Once again, our elected officials prefer to kill thousands of innocent people just so that they can have money from the most powerful special interest group in this country


10 posted on 01/31/2008 2:19:22 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (PC kills every time it is applied)
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To: SmithL

Banning homosexuals from donating blood lengthens the time it’s going to take until we are all equally infected w/ AIDS.

From “Team America, World Police”

Everyone has AIDS!
AIDS AIDS AIDS!
AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS!
Everyone has AIDS!

And so this is the end of our story
And everyone is dead from AIDS
It took from me my best friend
My only true pal
My only bright star (he died of AIDS)

Well I’m gonna march on Washington
Lead the fight and charge the brigades
There’s a hero inside of all of us
I’ll make them see everyone has AIDS

My father (AIDS!)
My sister (AIDS!)
My uncle and my cousin and her best friend (AIDS AIDS AIDS!)
The gays and the straights
And the white and the spades

Everyone has AIDS!
My grandma and my dog ‘ol blue (AIDS AIDS AIDS)
The pope has got it and so do you (AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS)
C’mon everybody we got quilting to do (AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS)
We gotta break down these baricades, everyone has
AIDS! x 20


11 posted on 01/31/2008 2:20:16 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: SmithL

Apparently San Jose State offers a course on how to get stupidier by the minute.


12 posted on 01/31/2008 2:20:21 PM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Hallmarks of Liberalism: Ingratitude and Envy))
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To: SmithL

Ask the Univ president if he or one his family members needed a blood transfusion, would he accept from a gay donor?


13 posted on 01/31/2008 2:20:32 PM PST by tips up
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To: SmithL

I still call it GRID.


14 posted on 01/31/2008 2:20:44 PM PST by RobRoy
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To: digger48

Yeah, I just don’t get this. Forget the usual PC crap: gay men get AIDS and lots of other nasty diseases at a highly disproportionate rate compared to the general populace—this is a fact. I don’t understand how anyone can reasonably refute this.

Stuff like this makes me crazy!


15 posted on 01/31/2008 2:21:28 PM PST by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: SmithL
HA! That'll show that stinkin' FDA.
No BLOOD for Emergencies!
No BLOOD for Emergencies!
16 posted on 01/31/2008 2:22:16 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (Geek Squad -- if you're desperate and don't need a PC for over a month, we'll get around to it.)
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To: A Cyrenian

Not to mention the new ‘superbug’ of mrsa among gay men.

http://www.thestar.com/living/Health/article/294641

“A new strain of the “flesh-eating” MRSA bacteria is spreading among gay men in San Francisco and Boston, says a research study published this week...”


17 posted on 01/31/2008 2:23:26 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: SmithL

Hey, what about those who have spent significant time in the United Kingdom in the past 5 years? They are “victims” too.


18 posted on 01/31/2008 2:25:21 PM PST by AbeKrieger (There is a special place in Hell for Lyndon Johnson.)
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To: SmithL
"The FDA's lifetime blood donor deferral affecting gay men violates our non-discrimination policy," said Kassing in an e-mail sent to faculty, staff and students.

I know Kassing will want to demonstrate his PC non-discrimination attitude by getting a transfusion from the first gay guy who walks in to donate.

Put your life where your mouth is, bro.

19 posted on 01/31/2008 2:25:25 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: SmithL
Well there is good reason for this ban. Does anyone remember how Ryan White got aids? By tainted blood transfusions of course. In fact in that era many hemophiliacs died because of our refusal to limit who could donate blood.

Many people died after having an operation because of tainted blood. I guess they are too young to remember these horrors and thus want to repeat them.

20 posted on 01/31/2008 2:25:42 PM PST by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: SmithL

This is nothing new. Moving from “tolerance” to societal “approval” of homosexual behavior requires that homosexual activities be exempted from normal public health safeguards.

* * * *

The AIDS EPIDEMIC IS JUST BEGINNING
By David Horowitz
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, April 14, 1997

Fourteen years and more than 300,000 deaths ago, Peter Collier and I wrote a story for California magazine about the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. At the time the virus had not yet been isolated and there had been only 3,000 fatalities nationally. But it was already clear to the medical community that the culprit was a retrovirus, that there might never be a cure, that AIDS cases among gays were doubling every six months and that if the behavioral patterns of gays and drug users did not change, there would be more than 300,000 people dead by 1997.

In normal circumstances, the minimal public health response to an impending epidemic would have been to identify the carriers of the disease by mandatory testing of at-risk communities, closing off “hot zones” of the epidemic, such as gay bathhouses and drug “shooting galleries,” contact-tracing of those who had been in touch with the already sick and honest public education about the dangers of promiscuous anal sex among gays and needle-sharing among drug addicts.

None of these measures, Collier and I found, was acceptable to a powerful lobby of gay activists that labeled them as “discriminatory” and “homophobic” and made clear to any public health official who advocated them that they would be doing so at the risk of their careers. As a result, none of the standard public health measures were consistently deployed. Instead, a series of politically correct ideas and “community-approved” policies became the only measures feasible for political leaders to advocate, for the media to promote and for public health agencies to pursue.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=7561DC7A-335D-4D6A-A843-7504587A9CDE


21 posted on 01/31/2008 2:26:11 PM PST by SirJohnBarleycorn
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To: SmithL

I hope these ash holes either have the opportunity to get AIDS from a transfusion or they have the opportunity to die due to a shortage of blood.

Then we’ll see what they think about diversity in blood.


22 posted on 01/31/2008 2:29:11 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: SmithL

Aren’t people who’ve gotten tattoos in the last year or two also banned from giving blood? (among several other groups?) Why isn’t SJSU standing up for them?


23 posted on 01/31/2008 2:29:11 PM PST by squidly
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To: SmithL

Someone should send President Kassing a thank you note for keeping gay blood out of the system.


24 posted on 01/31/2008 2:35:42 PM PST by Juan Medén
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To: SmithL

My alma mater.

I’m SO proud.

*Sniff*

Arrgggh!!


25 posted on 01/31/2008 2:36:45 PM PST by Politicalmom (I'm the aunt of a brand-new Naval Officer. I'm proud of you, Kristi.)
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To: SmithL

So I guess the public is expected to risk getting tainted blood from high risk donors just so as not to offend some diseased homos?


26 posted on 01/31/2008 2:39:15 PM PST by isrul
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To: w1andsodidwe
I remember several patients who had heart surgery contracting HIV and eventually dying from the disease. In a couple of cases the spouses contracted the disease as well. So mean of the Red Cross to discriminate.
27 posted on 01/31/2008 2:39:38 PM PST by k omalley (Caro Enim Mea, Vere est Cibus, et Sanguis Meus, Vere est Potus)
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To: SmithL
The FDA’s lifetime blood donor deferral affecting gay men violates our non-discrimination policy,” said Kassing in an e-mail sent to faculty, staff and students.
_____________________________________________________

Gays aren’t the only people they discriminate against. Their policy is right the college President is a moron. This isn’t about homophobia, it makes good health sense. Having traveled in area’s of Mexico recently I can’t donate blood either.

28 posted on 01/31/2008 2:43:25 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: kimmie7

Yes....I have a friend who had heart surgery in the 80s who ended up with hep C......from the blood she got, for sure.


29 posted on 01/31/2008 2:46:47 PM PST by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: SmithL

I can’t donate blood because I had Hep B in 1990. That ticks me off but that’s my problem and not theirs.


30 posted on 01/31/2008 2:49:05 PM PST by decimon
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To: goodnesswins

Gay men have a higher incidence of not only HIV but also Hepatitis .

It makes no sense to expose the hapless and poor to AIDSs just so the gays do not have their feelings hurt.
The educated know that they can do direct self donations prior to surgery or have family members /friends donate to lower the risk of transmission of disease . The poor or uneducated just allow themselves to be the victims of the left’s PC.

This guy is a jerk and I hope that others let him know that


31 posted on 01/31/2008 2:53:10 PM PST by ears_to_hear (Pray for America)
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To: ears_to_hear

We’ve been told that when you do a “self donation” it’s to the bank to replace the blood you use, NOT to YOU directly....are we wrong?


32 posted on 01/31/2008 2:56:16 PM PST by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: SmithL

Simple solution. Just have separate blood suppllies, one marked “Donated by Promiscuous Gay Men” and another marked “Everybody Else”, and take your choice. Let the market decide.


33 posted on 01/31/2008 3:06:53 PM PST by Argus
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To: digger48

Arthur Ashe was unavailable for comment...


34 posted on 01/31/2008 3:14:06 PM PST by 04-Bravo
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To: SmithL
This is the same San Jose State that kicked me out of their Masters program immediately upon my telling them that I was a Christian. They told me that as a Christian I would practice discrimination and discrimination was not acceptable.

And no, the ACLU was not interested in taking my case.

35 posted on 01/31/2008 3:26:41 PM PST by ZGuy
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To: SmithL
because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration bars any man who has had sex with another man from donating blood.

Well yeah!

That selected group of individuals has a much higher rate of infection than any other groups because of risky sex. This has nothing to do with discrimination and everything to do with statistics.

36 posted on 01/31/2008 3:31:20 PM PST by John123 ("What good fortune for the governments that the people do not think" -- Adolf Hitler)
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To: Rummyfan

Elementary, my dear Watson: the object is to get tainted blood into the system so that many non-homosexuals become infected. This would tend to take the onus off gay men as the prime candidates for AIDS, and would perhaps lead to even more money for AIDS treatment and research since AIDS was now a general epidemic.


37 posted on 01/31/2008 3:32:24 PM PST by mathurine
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To: ZGuy
This is the same San Jose State that kicked me out of their Masters program immediately upon my telling them that I was a Christian.

Are you kidding me? And why would you tell SJS that you are a Christian? Did they ask you? If so, wouldn't THAT be discrimination?

38 posted on 01/31/2008 3:33:00 PM PST by John123 ("What good fortune for the governments that the people do not think" -- Adolf Hitler)
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To: squidly

Also banned are people who visited England during the Mad Cow outbreak.


39 posted on 01/31/2008 3:41:00 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: SmithL
The FDA's lifetime blood donor deferral affecting gay men violates our non-discrimination policy," said Kassing in an e-mail sent to faculty, staff and students.

Stupid man! I'd love to hear him try to support that argument with the parents of a hemophiliac child who contracted AIDS, because he and his school wanted to feel good about not discriminating against homosexual men.

40 posted on 01/31/2008 3:58:02 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SmithL

As an aside, this may be a boost to oxygen therapy artificial blood.

It has been problematic, because artificial blood may damage internal organs. However, on the plus side, it carries much more oxygen than does whole blood.

This matters, because not all surgery requiring blood needs for it to flow through the internal organs.

For example, a crushed hand is a very difficult microsurgery, and it is terribly hard to get oxygenated blood to the fingers through crushed capillaries, and get it out again. This often results in tissue death.

Leeches are even used to draw out the old blood in such cases, to allow fresh blood into the fingers.

But if the blood circulation to the hand could be bypassed, then artificial blood used instead of whole blood, the large infusion of oxygen to the tissues would extend the time in which repairs could be made.

Other uses could be in the large arteries in the leg, which if bypassed, could allow not just the artificial blood, but high doses of therapeutic medicines, far higher than the internal organs would tolerate. This could be a good treatment for phlebitis or blood clots, which often afflicts the legs. The extra oxygen, by itself would have strong regenerative effects.


41 posted on 01/31/2008 4:03:05 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: w1andsodidwe
Arthur Ashe the tennis champion.
42 posted on 01/31/2008 4:07:14 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine
Mexico recently I can’t donate blood either.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

By conincidence my husband and I went about an hour ago to donate blood at our local church.

Weren’t allowed!

Their excuse? Well...We had spent six months in Costa Rica and Panama and were a malaria risk. Imagine that? How dare they discriminate against a poor innocent mosquito! (sarc/off) :)

43 posted on 01/31/2008 4:13:31 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: mathurine
That is truly EVIL.
44 posted on 01/31/2008 4:43:14 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SmithL

Homosexuals giving blood is like biological warfare... bioterrorism...

Think about that...


45 posted on 01/31/2008 5:06:53 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: SmithL

Political Correctness means ALWAYS having to say you’re sorry.


46 posted on 01/31/2008 5:10:41 PM PST by dhot
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To: Argus
"Simple solution. Just have separate blood supplies"

Just what I was thinking. You have your gay blood and straight blood. Give the gay blood to the board at SJSU.

47 posted on 01/31/2008 5:11:54 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: MediaMole

This is true.


48 posted on 01/31/2008 5:18:34 PM PST by Flashman_at_the_charge (There's no 'F' in 'Conservative GOP Candidates'.)
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To: John123

IF it had everything to do with statistics we would not have such HIGH benefits costs to cover the rumpers.....


49 posted on 01/31/2008 6:15:09 PM PST by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: eyedigress
You have your gay blood and straight blood. Give the gay blood to the board at SJSU.

Gee... I don't know... is it gonna make me talk with a lisp?

50 posted on 01/31/2008 7:07:41 PM PST by John123 ("What good fortune for the governments that the people do not think" -- Adolf Hitler)
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