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  • Universities to host ‘National Gay Blood Drive’

    07/11/2014 9:48:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    The Campus Caller ^ | 7-11-14 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    •Men who have sex with other men have been banned from donating blood by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1977. •According to the CDC, gay and bisexual men accounted for 63 percent of new HIV infections in 2010. Universities across the country are hosting a National Gay Blood Drive today to encourage the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change its current policies which prevent gay men from donating blood. According to the FDA’s website, men who have sex with other men (MSM) have an increased risk for HIV, hepatitis B and other types of infections that can...
  • 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 (LifeSiteNews.com) – 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 LifeSiteNews.com...
  • 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...
  • As blood donations decline, U.S. ban on gay donors is examined

    07/07/2012 7:29:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/6/2012 | Jen Christensen
    The American Red Cross says power outages created by recent storms in the East and Midwest cut blood donations, which were already low this summer. In June there was a nationwide shortfall, with donations down more than 10% across the country. "We are asking people to please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit us at redcrossblood.org to find a way to donate if they can," said Stephanie Millian, Red Cross director of biomedical communications. "We need people's help." One group that would like to help, but legally can't, may be moving one step closer to eligibility. Since the 1980s, when the AIDS...
  • Congressmen Send Letter to Sebelius Backing Move to Let 'Low-Risk' Homosexuals Donate Blood

    06/15/2012 6:51:27 AM PDT · by TribalPrincess2U · 57 replies
    http://cnsnews.com ^ | June 14, 2012 | Penny Starr
    CNSNews.com) – Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) sent a letter signed by 62 other Democrats to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, supporting her agency's review of the policy that bans homosexual and bisexual men from donating blood. The Democrats say the ban is “outdated,” and they called the HHS pilot study an important step in "assessing the feasibility of allowing healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood while maintaining the safety of our blood supply."
  • Dems Applaud HHS Study That May Allow 'Low-Risk' Homosexuals to Donate Blood [Mega-Barf]

    06/14/2012 9:48:20 AM PDT · by fwdude · 68 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | June 14, 2012 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) sent a letter signed by 62 other Democrats to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, supporting her agency's review of the policy that bans homosexual and bisexual men from donating blood. The Democrats say the ban is “outdated,” and they called the HHS pilot study an important step in "assessing the feasibility of allowing healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood while maintaining the safety of our blood supply." “Patients across the country desperately need life-saving blood transfusions, yet perfectly healthy would-be donors are turned away based...
  • Should Gays Be Allowed To Donate Blood?

    09/13/2011 6:07:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    It's an issue that has been discussed - and continues to be discussed. Last Friday, the UK decided to lift the ban on prohibiting gays from donating blood. From Times Of India: UK Lifts Ban, Says Gays Can Donate BloodLONDON: Britain said Thursday it was lifting a ban on gay men giving blood providing they have had not had sexual intercourse within a year. A lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men was introduced in Britain in the 1980s as a response to the spread of AIDS and HIV.But a review by a panel of leading experts and patient...
  • Tick-Borne Parasite Infecting Blood Supply: CDC

    09/06/2011 3:47:08 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/5/2011 | Julie Steenhuysen
    A tick-borne infection known as Babesiosis, which can cause severe disease and even death, is becoming a growing threat to the U.S. blood supply, government researchers said on Monday. There are currently no diagnostic tests approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can detect the infection before people donate blood.
  • The ignored virus that causes liver cancer (not yet proved)

    08/23/2011 6:13:09 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    Inderscience Publishers ^ | August 22, 2011 | Unknown
    Should we be screening blood for hepatisi G?Hepatitis G virus was identified in 1995. Some little research was carried out on the virus and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared it a non-harmful virus in 1997. Researchers in Saudi Arabia, writing in the International Journal of Immunological Studies present evidence to suggest that this may have been the wrong decision. They claim that transmission of the virus through donated blood that was not screened for the virus as well as infection through other routes has led to an increase in cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. Hepatitis...
  • U.S. to Take Another Look at Gay Blood Donation Ban

    07/26/2011 6:29:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 101 replies
    National Journal ^ | 7/26/11 | Maggie Fox
    A policy that bars gay men from donating blood for life is “suboptimal,” advisers to the Health and Human Services Department said on Tuesday, and needs another look. HHS asked a committee of experts on blood and tissue donations to reexamine the policy and see if there is a way to let at least some gays donate blood. (snip)Men who have sex with other men, including gay and bisexual men, have an HIV infection rate 60 times higher than that of the general population
  • Inferior Blood (If it's OK to reject blood from gay men, what about blacks?)

    06/22/2010 8:00:34 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 27 replies
    Slate ^ | 21 June | William Saletan
    ... Maybe you fooled around with a guy 30 years ago and have spent the rest of your life as a celibate priest. Maybe you've been in a faithful same-sex marriage for 40 years. Maybe you've passed an HIV test. It doesn't matter. You can't give blood, because you're in the wrong "group." On the other hand, if you're in the right group—heterosexuals—you can give blood despite dangerous behavior. If you had sex with a prostitute, an IV drug user, and an HIV-positive opposite-sex partner 13 months ago, you're good to go. This kind of group-based screening is a long-standing...
  • (HHS) Panel votes to keep restrictions on gay blood donations

    06/11/2010 3:24:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies · 1,138+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 11, 2010 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Following two days of testimony, a federal panel Friday voted against recommending changes to ease the current blood donation restrictions for gay men, saying more research was needed to help “create a road map forward” for future change. By a 9-6 vote, members of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability agreed to continue the current donor policy which rejects blood donations from any man who has had sex with another man — a category know as "MSM" — even once in the past 33 years. Gay rights groups and others...
  • Ban on gay blood donors revisited

    06/10/2010 9:12:41 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 48 replies · 196+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 06/10/2010 | Andy Miller
    Groups urge government to lift lifetime restriction Should gay men be allowed to donate blood? A government health committee is re-examining that question today. A regulation created at the height of the 1980s' AIDS epidemic banned men who have had sex with another man since 1977 from ever giving blood. Advocacy groups, blood-collection organizations and some members of Congress are calling for the Food and Drug Administration to revise the lifetime ban, which has been reviewed twice in the past 10 years, but left unchanged.
  • Blood Safety Threatened: Lifting the ban on gay blood

    06/10/2010 8:55:36 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 15 replies · 107+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 06/11/2010 | Staff
    With the public focused on the calamity of the Gulf oil spill, another disaster that could affect millions of lives is in the making. The federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability is holding meetings on June 10 and June 11 to consider lifting the ban on gay blood. Cliff Kincaid, president of the public policy group, America's Survival, Inc. (ASI), is scheduled to testify in favor of the ban. If the ban is lifted, Kincaid argues, the five million Americans a year who receive blood transfusions could be exposed to the AIDS virus or other infections in the...
  • 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
    thebostonchannel.com ^ | 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...
  • Report: Unscreened blood posed danger (Battlefield Blood in Iraq/Afghan tainted)

    04/13/2009 7:35:02 PM PDT · by xzins · 20 replies · 1,505+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | Apr 11 | Travis J. Tritten
    For years, the use of unscreened blood transfusions exposed severely wounded servicemembers and other trauma patients in Iraq and Afghanistan to the inherent risk of diseases such as HIV, hepatitis and malaria, according to medical experts who advise the secretary of defense. Battlefield attacks that resulted in mass casualties or severe injuries often overtaxed the military’s blood supply system until 2007, meaning medics collected fresh blood from those on site for emergency treatment of the wounded, the Defense Health Board wrote in a June 2008 report. The unscreened blood transfusions, however, did not meet federal safety standards required of all...
  • Blood supply's safety at stake

    02/09/2008 9:18:35 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 25 replies · 10,805+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | February 8, 2008 | Editorial
    No one knows how many Americans were infected with HIV through blood transfusions, but many more were spared misery and death after authorities in 1983 banned donations from men who have had sex with other men and in 1985 began screening donated blood for the virus. From a public-health standpoint, the precautions make sense. Food and Drug Administration statistics show homosexuals' HIV risk is 60 times greater than heterosexuals'. To no one's surprise, the measures have been very effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counted 6,050 people who developed AIDS from HIV-tainted blood products before the ban was...
  • Gay men banned from giving blood

    01/12/2006 3:12:16 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 35 replies · 677+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 13 January 2006
    SOUTH Africa's blood donor service has banned blood from sexually active homosexual men due to a higher risk of HIV, it said overnight, provoking an angry response from gay activists. "A man who has had sex with another man within the last five years, whether oral or anal sex, with or without a condom ... is not permitted to donate blood and must please not do so," Sapa news agency quoted the head of the South African National Blood Service, Dr. Robert Crookes, as saying. South Africa has the world's highest number of HIV cases with more than 5 million...
  • 15 arrested in blood selling scandal

    04/14/2005 2:42:33 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 1 replies · 205+ views
    China Daily ^ | April 14, 2005 | Zhang Feng
    Police have moved to arrest 15 people in connection with an illegal blood selling scandal which has been blamed for spreading HIV/AIDS, officials announced yesterday. According to Vice-Minister for Health Ma Xiaowei, the arrests are all linked to 106 known cases involving unsafe blood collection, the illegal organization of people to sell plasma, and serious malpractice in supervising the blood market. Ma made the announcement at a national television and telephone conference campaigning against the unsafe blood market, one of the main causes for the spread of blood borne diseases, including HIV/AIDS, in China in the early 1990s. Thousands of...
  • Two New Viruses Reported Belonging to AIDS Family

    02/25/2005 10:49:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,101+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 26, 2005 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    BOSTON, Feb. 25 - American scientists said Friday that they had discovered two new human viruses in Africa that belong to the same family, retroviruses, as the virus that causes AIDS. So far, the scientists said, the new viruses have not been linked to any disease, but they are being monitored out of concern that they or similar retroviruses might conceivably spawn another epidemic. The viruses, found in rural Cameroon among people who hunt monkeys and other primates, were probably transmitted from the animals through blood from bites and scratches received in hunting, butchering and keeping the primates as pets,...
  • Panel Suggests Blood Safeguard for Mad Cow

    02/09/2005 9:11:30 AM PST · by Freebird Forever · 8 replies · 267+ views
    AP / Yahoo News ^ | Tue Feb 8, 2005 | KEN GUGGENHEIM
    To help prevent spread of the human form of mad cow disease, individuals who received a blood transfusion in France since 1980 should be barred from donating blood in the United States, a federal advisory panel recommended Tuesday. The members of the Food and Drug Administration's advisory committee said this would somewhat strengthen safeguards for the U.S. blood supply without significantly limiting the pool of potential donors. The panel voted 12-3 with one abstention. *snip*The panel acted as concerns are growing that the brain-wasting disease can be spread through transfusion. In Britain, two cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, as the...
  • HIV-Positive Blood Technician Fights To Regain Job (ACLU INSANITY)

    01/08/2005 2:17:30 PM PST · by MisterRepublican · 24 replies · 626+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 07, 2005 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - An HIV-infected man who is fighting to regain his job as a blood technician has received a legal assist from the American Civil Liberties Union and a homosexual advocacy group. In briefs filed Thursday, Lambda Legal and the ACLU told a federal appeals court in Denver that John Couture should have the same protections from discrimination as other people with disabilities. The Bonfils Memorial Blood Center in Denver removed Couture from a training program for technicians who draw blood from donors after Couture told a supervisor he was HIV positive. According to press reports, Couture volunteered the information...
  • Bloody Shame

    07/22/2004 2:36:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 567+ views
    Reason ^ | July 2004 | Caroline Waters
    Unnecessary regulations are making blood banks run dry. If you walked into a blood donation center before the HIV crisis, you would have been asked 15 quick questions, then either accepted as a donor or not. Today those questions have burgeoned to almost 50, and the list continues to grow. The extra caution stems from a colossal error that blood bank officials made two decades ago, when they ignored the early warning signs of HIV and failed to implement appropriate screening and cleaning procedures. As a result, America’s blood supply became contaminated and 20,000 people were infected with the deadly...
  • University Says Blood Drive Biased Against Gays (better you dead than homophobic)

    03/26/2004 9:29:16 PM PST · by The_Macallan · 43 replies · 478+ views
    FoxNews ^ | The_Macallan
    <p>MONMOUTH, Ore. — The American Red Cross may soon be banned from holding blood drives on one university campus because the organization prohibits some gay men from donating blood.</p> <p>"We're looking at the practices of the Red Cross — whether they are discriminatory, and if they are, how it relates back to our policy," said Gary Dukes, vice president of student affairs at Western Oregon University.</p>
  • Rare Infection Threatens to Spread in Blood Supply

    11/18/2003 7:03:04 AM PST · by neverdem · 87 replies · 3,246+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11/18/03 | Donald G. McNeil Jr
    A parasitic infection common in Latin America is threatening the United States blood supply, public health experts say. They are especially concerned because there will be no test for it in donated blood until next year at the earliest. The infection, Chagas disease, is still rare in this country. Only nine cases are known to have been transmitted by transfusion or transplant in the United States and Canada in the last 20 years. But hundreds of blood recipients may be silently infected, experts say, and there is no effective treatment for them. After a decade or more, 10 to 30...
  • Patients launch 'bad blood' suit

    06/03/2003 10:34:13 AM PDT · by rpage3 · 4 replies · 227+ views
    The BBC ^ | 6/3/03 | BBC
    Patients launch 'bad blood' suit Thousands of haemophiliacs have filed a lawsuit in the US against four companies for allegedly exposing them to the HIV virus by selling products made with contaminated blood. The lawsuit alleges the companies continued distributing the blood-clotting products in Asia and Latin America in the 1980s, despite having stopped selling them in the US because of the known risk of passing on HIV and hepatitis C. The four companies named are: Bayer Corporation, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Armour Pharmaceutical Company and Alpha Therapeutic Corporation. The lawsuit alleges that they purchased plasma from "the highest-risk populations, including...
  • Blood Banks Issue Urgent Appeal

    01/15/2003 9:04:53 AM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 22 replies · 164+ views
    AP ^ | 1/15/03 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's blood banks issued an urgent appeal for blood donations Tuesday, saying much of the country has less than a two-day supply on hand. Some hospitals are postponing elective surgeries because blood supplies are so low, with less than a single day's supply in certain areas. Banks try to keep a five- to seven-day supply on hand. In an unusual appeal, the nation's two main blood suppliers - the American Red Cross and America's Blood Centers - joined Tuesday to urge prompt donations. The Red Cross said that during the past two weeks, its blood supplies...
  • Potential Smallpox Vaccine Harm To Blood Supply ?

    01/08/2003 2:11:30 PM PST · by Suck My AR-16 · 2 replies · 193+ views
      Feds Issue GuidelinesPotential Smallpox Vaccine Harm To Blood Supply ?* Deferral of Donors - Donor Suitability* Quarantine and Retrieval of Blood and Blood Products* Contacts with Smallpox Vaccine RecipientsFULL FDA FINAL GUIDANCE http://www.fda.gov/cber/gdlns/smpoxdefquar.htm Immediate Implementation  
  • Law aims to protect emergency personnel from infected patients [forced blood testing]

    09/20/2002 8:08:02 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 3 replies · 212+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | September 20, 2002 | KEVIN MURPHY
    People getting medical help after an accident, fire or other emergency in Missouri now may be tested for contagious diseases such as hepatitis -- whether they want the test or not. The law, a surprise to the American Civil Liberties Union and to some hospitals, assumes patient consent to be tested if a patient's blood or other bodily fluids are exposed to emergency care providers. Missouri firefighters, hoping to reduce their chances of catching a disease in the line of duty, quietly persuaded the Missouri General Assembly to pass the law in May. At least two Kansas City firefighters have...