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  • FDA eases restrictions on blood donations from gay men

    12/21/2015 9:57:45 AM PST · by PROCON · 39 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 21, 2015 | MATTHEW PERRONE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials are lifting the nation's 32-year-old lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but major restrictions will continue to limit who can donate. The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday it will replace the blanket ban with a new policy barring donations from men who have had sex with a man in the previous year. While the one-year-ban has been criticized by activists it matches policies in other countries, including Australia, Japan and the U.K. Gay rights activists said the new policy is a "step in the right direction," but falls short.
  • F.D.A. Lifting Ban on Gay Blood Donors

    12/23/2014 11:05:08 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 254 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2014 | SABRINA TAVERNISE
    The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a change that experts said was long overdue and could lift the annual blood supply by as much as 4 percent. The F.D.A. enacted the ban in 1983, early in the AIDS epidemic. At the time, little was known about the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes the disease, and there was no quick test to determine whether somebody had it. But science — and the understanding of H.I.V. in particular — has advanced in the intervening...
  • FDA to ease ban on blood donations by gay men

    12/23/2014 10:00:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 24, 2014 12:06 AM EST | Matthew Perrone
    Federal officials have moved closer to overturning a decades-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but activists say the proposed alternative would continue to stigmatize men who have sex with men. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will recommend lifting the lifetime ban early next year, replacing it with a policy barring donations from men who have had sex with another man in the previous 12 months. The change would overturn a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified, given advances in HIV testing. But activists questioned whether...
  • Stop Saying “That’s So Gay!”: 6 Types of Microaggressions That Harm LGBTQ People

    02/23/2014 9:11:47 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 109 replies
    Psychology Benefits Society ^ | February 7, 2014 |
    (big time BARF ALERT!)When I was a little kid, I used to hear my brothers, cousins, and friends say things like “That’s so gay!” on a pretty regular basis. I would usually laugh along, hoping with all my might that they didn’t know my secret. My parents and other adults in my life would tell me things like “Boys don’t cry” or “Be a man!” which essentially was their way of telling me that being emotional was forbidden or a sign of weakness. When I was a teenager, there were a few boys at my high school who ridiculed me,...
  • Nearly two-thirds of gay men who know they have AIDS have sex without condoms: CDC report

    12/04/2013 8:03:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 41 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2013 ( – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows approximately 62 percent of gay men who know they have HIV/AIDS continue to engage in sexual relations without using a prophylactic, a behavior that can spread AIDS. The report, which was released on the Friday after Thanksgiving, analyzed data gathered in 2011. According to the report, the percentage of men with HIV/AIDS having sex with other men without a condom had increased from 55 percent in 2005, to 57 percent in 2008, to 62 percent today. CDC spokesperson Nikky Mayes told
  • Top doctor: 'Gay' blood will taint U.S. supply

    12/03/2013 7:12:26 PM PST · by massmike · 63 replies ^ | 12/03/2013 | CHELSEA SCHILLING
    Should homosexual men – a group with the highest HIV-infection rates in the nation – be allowed to donate blood? That’s the question the federal government is considering this week as it re-evaluates whether it should lift the 30-year ban on homosexual blood donation. “CDC estimates that MSM represent approximated 4 percent of the male population in the United States, but male-to-male sex accounted for more than three-fourths (78 percent) of new HIV infections among men and nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of all new infections in 2010.” The American Red Cross warns: “HIV antibodies may take a few weeks to...
  • Gay men push to end 30-year blood donation ban

    12/02/2013 7:39:21 AM PST · by Gritty · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2013 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    A push by activists to ease the 30-year-old blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men faces a key test this week as a federal panel hears results of the latest research. The findings will be released amid growing pressure from politicians and advocates, including college students, to change the policy. Critics say the ban is a hangover from the early, fear-filled days of AIDS, stigmatizing gay men and ignoring advances in treatment and detection in the decades since...
  • Despite pressure, ban on gay blood donors endures

    09/15/2013 1:30:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 15, 2013 11:25 AM EDT | David Crary
    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. In June, the American Medical Association voted to oppose the policy. AMA board member William Kobler called...
  • Medics: Gays should be allowed to give blood

    06/24/2013 5:58:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies ^ | 24 Jun 13 12:46 CET | (The Local/jcw)
    German doctors are calling for gay men to be allowed to donate blood. Currently a Europe-wide ban prevents them from doing so, but the German Health Minister said he would welcome a relaxation of the rules. The German Medical Association (BÄK) said that it would do everything “within its means” to remove the blanket ban on men who have sex with men, those with lots of sexual partners and prostitutes, from donating blood. …
  • Canada lifts lifetime ban on gay men giving blood

    05/22/2013 9:16:36 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 30 replies
    The federal blood donor agency is lifting its lifetime ban on gay men giving blood. Canadian Blood Services announced Wednesday it has received approval from Health Canada to reduce its restriction on men who have sex with men donating blood from indefinitely to five years. ... Both the United States and some European countries have kept their lifetime bans, while the United Kingdom and Australia have reduced the restriction to a one-year deferral.
  • HHS weighs accepting men who have sex with men as blood donors

    03/13/2012 10:54:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill [Washington ^ | 3/13/12 | Rachel Leven
    The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) is seeking comments on designing a pilot program to create “alternative donor deferral criteria” for gay men. Currently, men who have had sex with other men (MSM) since 1977 cannot donate blood due to “higher levels of certain transfusion-transmissible infections” among that population, the notice explains. Members of Congress’s interest and increased accuracy among donor testing have made the department reconsider the ban. “[T]he increased effectiveness of donor testing for [Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)], [Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)], syphilis and other infectious agents has greatly enhanced
  • Ban on gay blood donors upheld

    06/11/2010 6:57:31 PM PDT · by calico_thompson · 11 replies · 805+ views
    Blood donors.
  • Liberals Push Gay Blood in Risky Policy Change

    04/04/2010 7:24:45 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 47 replies · 1,164+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | March 15, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    While the Obama Administration and its "progressive" supporters in Congress insist they want a federal health care bill to protect people from deadly diseases, liberal senators led by John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) have pressured the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into considering lifting the ban on male homosexuals donating blood. It's a decision that could mean disease and death for many Americans, and billions of dollars in additional health care costs. "John Kerry Supports Gay Blood" declared a column on a pro-homosexual website. Kerry, Franken and 16 other liberal senators insist they want the blood supply...
  • Kerry: Let Gay Men Give Blood

    03/04/2010 12:02:42 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 118 replies · 2,507+ views ^ | March 4, 2010
    BOSTON -- Gay men should be allowed to donate blood and laws banning them from doing so are discriminatory and outdated, according to Sen. John Kerry and several of his Senate colleagues. "Not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban,” Kerry said. “A law that was once considered medically justified is today simply outdated and needs to end." Kerry was one of 16 U.S. Senators who in a letter on Thursday asked the Food and Drug Administration to lift the ban on gay men donating blood. The ban was put in place in 1983, at the height of...
  • Gay blood donor sues over sexual-history questions: Claims charter rights violated

    09/29/2009 10:39:45 AM PDT · by USFRIENDINVICTORIA · 52 replies · 3,000+ views
    Canwest News Service ^ | Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | Andrew Seymour
    A gay man who repeatedly gave blood after lying about having sex with other men is suing Canadian Blood Services, alleging the questionnaire used by the agency to screen out unsuitable donors is a violation of his charter rights. Kyle Freeman alleges the blood collection agency violates his charter rights and those of other gay men by asking male donors on the questionnaire whether they had ever had sex with a man, even once, since 1977.
  • For Jerseyans, giving blood can be all in a day's work (has the lowest rate of donations in the USA)

    01/11/2009 1:55:09 PM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies · 677+ views
    star ledger ^ | 01.07.09 | JUDY PEET
    New Jerseyans can be generous, but not when it comes to blood.  For 15 years, the state has lagged behind the nation in the percentage of people giving blood.  New Jersey hospitals were forced to spend  $18 million to $24 million in 2007 to buy supplies from other states, according to health and business experts who are banding together today to announce a statewide blood donation campaign. "Nine out of 10 people need blood at some point in their lives. Yet at most times of the year, the state has less than a two-day supply of blood." Nearly 60 percent...
  • Blood needed as DNC nears

    08/05/2008 6:23:28 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 26 replies · 125+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 07/29/2008 | Tim Hoover
    A local blood center is trying to stock up in time for the Democratic National Convention. Officials with the Bonfils Blood Center said Monday that the number of blood donations typically drops by as much as 20 percent during the summer months. The annual decline in giving will coincide with the Democrats' convention, Aug. 25-28 in Denver, when it's essential to have a ready supply of blood in the event of an emergency, officials said. "We definitely are taking steps to prepare for it (the convention)," said Jessica Maitland, Bonfils Blood Center's vice president of marketing and community operations. "We've...
  • Freepers In Augusta, GA Area--We Need Blood

    02/08/2008 11:48:51 AM PST · by U S Army EOD · 34 replies · 252+ views
    Due to the large number of burn cases transported to Augusta Burn Center from the explosion in Savannah there is a desperate need for blood. Contact Sheppard Blood center at (706) 737-4551.
  • Charity's Political Divide, Republicans give a bigger share to charity (Democrats Don't)

    12/27/2006 8:07:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 19 replies · 5,121+ views
    The Chronicle of Philanthropy ^ | 11.23.06 | Ben Gose
    Republicans give a bigger share of their incomes to charity, says a prominent economistIt's been a tough month for conservatives, with the Republican Party losing control of both houses of Congress, but a new book being released this week may help brighten their spirits.  In Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism (Basic Books), Arthur C. Brooks finds that religious conservatives are far more charitable than secular liberals, and that those who support the idea that government should redistribute income are among the least likely to dig into their own wallets to help others.  Some of his findings...
  • Are Americans Cheap? (John Stossel)

    11/29/2006 6:15:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 1,813+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 29, 2006 | John Stossel
    The New York Times and Washington Post editorialize about America's "stinginess." Former President Jimmy Carter says when it comes to helping others, "The rich states don't give a damn." Standing outside the White House, the singer Bono told the press that America doesn't do enough to help the needy: "It's the crumbs off our tables that we offer these countries." It seems obvious to Bono and President Carter that America offers "crumbs" because the governments of most other wealthy countries distribute a larger percentage of their nations' wealth in foreign aid. Yes, the U.S. government gave out $20 billion last...
  • [Texas:]Valley mired in blood shortage

    01/20/2007 3:27:23 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 454+ views
    Valley Morning Star ^ | Jan 19, 2007 | MELISSA McEVER
    Local doctor: Situation becoming critical HARLINGEN - The Rio Grande Valley is experiencing a "critical blood shortage," reducing one blood bank's stock to 65 percent of ideal capacity and leaving hospitals scrambling to maintain adequate supply, officials say. "It is becoming critical right now, although we never allow ourselves to run out of blood," said Dr. Lawrence Dahm, pathologist at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen. "There are very few people turning out to donate here or in the interior (of Texas)." The region is short on blood donations in part because of ice storms that have plagued North Texas, Oklahoma and...
  • Family of Badly Burned Boy Pleads for Blood [Type O-, 100% burned]

    12/19/2005 4:28:38 PM PST · by wallcrawlr · 86 replies · 2,046+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 12.19.05 | Bob Von Sternberg
    The family of a 5-year-old boy from Braham who was severely burned last week is pleading with the public for blood donations such as the ones that have been used to treat the boy. Sky Williams remains in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center after he suffered third-degree burns over nearly 100 percent of his body. "Sky's getting all the blood he needs, and the family's request came out of their hearts," said Dr. Elizabeth Perry, associate medical director of the Minneapolis-based Memorial Blood Center. "They just wanted to say help us." Somewhat complicating the boy's case is that...
  • Tainted blood judge to rule in August

    07/19/2005 11:49:28 AM PDT · by Clive · 59 replies · 833+ views
    TORONTO (CP) - The doctor at the centre of the tainted blood tragedy that left thousands infected with HIV and hepatitis C will know next month whether he will stand trial. Defence lawyer Eddie Greenspan says any insinuations that Dr. Roger Perrault, the former head of the Canadian Red Cross, wants to escape justice are "dead wrong." Greenspan says Perrault appreciates the enormity of the disaster and that if he were healthy he would stand trial "in a New York minute." Perrault is charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm and common nuisance endangering the public. The 68-year-old is applying...
  • UNH student wants to ban Red Cross blood drives from campus

    02/23/2005 8:47:22 PM PST · by Lorianne · 64 replies · 1,448+ views
    The Union Leader (University of New Hampshire) ^ | 19 February 2005 | Brian DeKoning
    DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire’s Student Senate will consider adopting a resolution tomorrow that would challenge the federal government’s policy of banning sexually active gay men from donating blood. Sponsored by student Sen. Nicholas Christiansen, a 19-year-old sophomore, and the student senate’s Community Change Council, the resolution wants the Food and Drug Administration and the American Red Cross to become, in its words, “aware of our strong opposition to the policy that bans sexually active homosexual males from ever donating blood, and that the students are dedicated to equal treatment and opportunity for all people, regardless of sexual...
  • Red Cross Worker Charged With ID-Theft

    12/04/2004 4:47:27 PM PST · by JesseJane · 14 replies · 580+ views
    MYWAY News ^ | 12/03/2004 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Red Cross employee and two other people were accused Friday of stealing the identities of about 40 blood donors and using the information to obtain about $268,000 in cash and merchandise. In 2002 and 2003, Red Cross worker Danielle Baker, 33, of Collingswood, N.J., filched names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, telephone numbers and places of employment from the computer records of people who had participated in corporate blood drives in Philadelphia, U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan said. Harold J. McCoy III, 33, and Karynn R. Long, 36, of Dayton, Ohio, then used the information...
  • Sorority Urged Members to Lie in Blood Drive

    04/12/2004 2:43:42 PM PDT · by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace · 55 replies · 718+ views
    FoxNews online ^ | 4/12/2004 | FoxNews
    <p>COLUMBIA, Mo. — Members of a sorority were urged to lie about their health to qualify as donors in a competitive blood drive at the University of Missouri-Columbia (search), a school that once set a world record for blood collection.</p>
  • Nimitz Crew Gives Record-Setting Blood Donation

    03/09/2004 1:49:35 AM PST · by BykrBayb · 5 replies · 299+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | 3/9/2004 | Journalist 2nd Class Ahron Arendes, USS Nimitz Public Affairs
    Story Number: NNS040308-15 Release Date: 3/9/2004 12:38:00 AM By Journalist 2nd Class Ahron Arendes, USS Nimitz Public Affairs NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) -- USS Nimitz (CVN 68) broke the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) single-day blood donation record Feb. 20 at a blood drive to support service members deployed to the Middle East, military hospitals and clinics, and retirees, and their family members. According to Doreen Rekoski, ASBP blood donor recruiter, in one day, Nimitz Sailors donated 162 pints of blood, breaking the previous record of 133. The record for a two-day blood drive is 204 pints. "The one-day drive...
  • Some soldiers can't donate (leishmaniasis threatens military's blood supply)

    02/12/2004 8:28:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies · 146+ views
    News & Observer ^ | 2/12/04 | MARTHA QUILLIN
    Some soldiers can't donate By MARTHA QUILLIN, Staff Writer Thursday, February 12, 2004 7:18AM EST FORT BRAGG -- The threat of a parasitic disease spread by a desert sand fly's bite has put a crimp in the military's blood supply. Thousands of soldiers returning from service in Iraq are learning that they are not eligible to donate blood for one year from the date they left the country, because of the danger of leishmaniasis. Civilian contractors and others also are being barred from giving blood even as the Armed Services Blood Program is trying to rebuild its seven-year supply of...
  • 1,400 who gave blood seen at risk of ID theft

    05/10/2003 2:16:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies · 219+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 10, 2003 | AP