I wasn’t planning on posting again until after the holidays, but I can’t let this idiot’s rationale pass:
“They would still be perpetuating the offensive notion that the nation’s blood supply must somehow be protected from gays.”
BZZZT!!! It has never been a “Gay Ban”. Lesbians have never been subject to a ban. That is because they are low risk for HIV and other STD’s. It has always been a “high risk” ban. And, the CDC’s own numbers have show again and again that men who have sex with other men are the overwhelming source of new cases. Gay and bi men under 25 account for nearly 70% of new HIV infections. If we accept the “10% of the population” number the entire gay community puts forth, we’re still only talking about 2% of the pop being 70% of the infections.
“Think about it this way. The one-year deferral ruling would put gay and bisexual men on the same footing as these two groups of people: heterosexuals who have had sex with someone who is HIV positive, and heterosexuals who have had sex with a sex worker.”
As they should.
“Those people are judged entirely based on their risky choices rather than their identity. To lump gay men in with them is to suggest that all gay sex is just as risky, which is not borne out by fact”
Unless, once again, you take into account that 70% of the new HIV cases (and nearly as many new syphilis cases) each year are by gay and bi men - and that’s just those under 25. It’s probably a bit higher when you add the older generations in.
This decision is utter madness. No blood test is foolproof, so why invite such a high risk group? And if we allow this high risk group, why not straight guys who have sex with prostitutes? We can test their blood too, right? Or how about needle-sharers? We’ll just have them sign a form saying they didn’t shoot up in the past 12 months. I’m sure they will be just as truthful as the gay men who sign off...