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Is It Fair to Keep Gay Men From Giving Blood?

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Gay men in the U.S. and Canada who have had sex with other men at any point since 1977 are not allowed to donate blood. But in a break with a decades-old ban, English health officials recently said they may soon allow gay men to start donating blood.

There is, of course, a caveat. The New York Daily News reported that as long as the men have not had sex with another man for the past decade they will be allowed to donate. Sexually active gay men, however, are still banned.

England’s health minister said the police was being overturned because of concerns that it was discriminatory and could run afoul of equality laws. Donated blood is already screened for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, but a small number of infections are routinely missed because there can be a lag time before they show themselves. The health office said the new 10-year rule would increase the risk of HIV-tainted blood entering the supply by less than 2.5 percent.

Gay rights advocates have bristled at the ban for years, arguing that many gay men practice safe sex, are in monogamous relationships or don't have sex at all.

Is it fair to ban gay men from donating blood?
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  • sheratan 2011/04/12 00:32:02 (edited)
    No
    sheratan
    +12
    What if the gay person lies about its sexual orientation and then give blood ?

    The truth is that they have no way to know whether the person giving blood is lying or not; whether it is about his/her sexual orientation or drug addiction etc.

    This is why the "let's keep gay from donating blood" is a bit hypocritical.

    So a person who lie can donate blood and one who assume his sexual orientation cannot? Come on!

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  • wtw 2011/04/12 04:35:21
    Yes
    wtw
    +1
    Is it fair to intentionally or unintenionally infect people with a disease? I am not against or for--we need something better than just someones words!
  • Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA 2011/04/12 04:26:49
    Yes
    Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Leave this one to the med pros.
  • kobidobidog 2011/04/12 04:26:14
    No
    kobidobidog
    +1
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    kobidobidog
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  • whimsycrat 2011/04/12 04:25:09
    No
    whimsycrat
    +1
    There are all sorts of people at risk for getting aids. It is certainly no longer, and hasn't been for a very long time, just a gay man's disease. We need to have better and more rigorous screening procedures. Focusing on gay men distracts us and gives us a false sense of security that the blood supply is safe. We need to focus on screening out all potential carriers of AIDS.
  • Crystal 2011/04/12 04:23:33 (edited)
    No
    Crystal
    +1
    It's a stupid and ridiculous ban, I question the intelligence of the person/people who created it. It doesn't make sense, every sexually transmitted disease gay people can get from having unsafe sex, a straight person can get. Then there's the useless part of the ban. A person's sexual orientation is not something you can find out just by looking at them (I wonder if they ask poential male blood donors if they are gay and had sex with another man in the past decade), so it's easy to get around that ban.
  • Eastexn25 2011/04/12 04:22:42
    Yes
    Eastexn25
    +1
    If a man hasn't had gay sex in over ten years, would you actually consider him gay or is he now just like all of the rest of us heterosexual men who have been married a long time and not getting any!! ;)
  • Simmering Frog - PHART 2011/04/12 04:20:30
    Yes
    Simmering Frog - PHART
    +3
    It doesn't matter whether it is fair or not. Life is not fair. What is important is that the blood recipient gets HIV free blood. If a high risk group for HIV wants to give blood they should kindly accept the rejection and go volunteer in their community for something else. Perhaps they could volunteer in a nursing home. Blood giving is about life not political agendas.
  • strawberry 2011/04/12 04:16:24
    Yes
    strawberry
    +1
    No gay men should be allowed to donate blood. They cannot be trusted having safe sex, or how many other gay sexual partners they are with. They could become HIV positive after testing also. Many blacks are HIV carriers and should not donate blood. Who cares about fair to gays to donate blood. Did everyone forget all the innocent who died from blood transfusions, including children, and how much money it cost the
    government for HIV drugs. England's health minister should have his head examined. Donated blood is not always properly screened.
  • Leah An... strawberry 2011/06/02 15:32:24
    Leah Anderson
    +1
    you really are an bigot arent you!!! you aren't allowed to donate blood in england if you are gay!!! do you really think that heterosexual people can be trusted to have safe sex??!!! its people like u that keep discrimination alive!!! how do i know you didnt go out last night and have unprotected sex??!!! You need to jog on..............
  • Nudenz 2011/04/12 04:09:55
    No
    Nudenz
    +2
    Do they not screen blood donors? They do in New Zealand. They won't let me give blood now because of the medication I'm on.
    Whether the donor is Gay or Straight, I think is irrelevant as long as they are healthy.
  • jay 2011/04/12 03:56:41
    Undecided
    jay
    +1
    as long as its healthy blood i dont see nothing wrong with it. I forget the reason gay men were not allowed to but i think it had something to do with a dormancy period of aids, but aids has not been isolated to the gay community, if ever, since it first started makeing waves in the early 80s i think
  • strawberry jay 2011/04/12 06:22:39
    strawberry
    You think about it next time you need an emergency blood transfusion. I donated blood for many years. I was able to donate blood to new born infants. After an emergency blood transfusion was done on me in mid 1990's I was notified by the blood bank that the blood put into me did not give me AIDS but put some virus in my blood making my white blood cells too powerful to donate blood anymore. Labs in N.Y.C. were not doing proper screening and this was in the 1990's.
  • cmdrbnd007 2011/04/12 03:48:43
    Undecided
    cmdrbnd007
    +1
    This isn't a question about being fair or not this is a question about being safe or not. If allowing gay men to donate increases the risk of HIV or other diseases being transmitted then they should be banned. This is not discrimination it is safety. I don't think anyone wants to become sick due to a tainted blood transfusion and I don't think anyone wants their blood to make someone sick. So although it may seem unfair to some if it is safer then it needs to stand.
  • mind over matter 2011/04/12 03:46:22
    Yes
    mind over matter
    +3
    They are a High risk group for Aids
  • Anna=] 2011/04/12 03:44:55
    No
    Anna=]
    +1
    This is sad. If that blood could possibly save a life it shouldn't matter who it comes from. Since all blood is screened, it shouldn't be different than anyone else's. 10 years time can tell if the person is safer, but there are plenty of promiscous people everywhere.
  • strawberry Anna=] 2011/04/12 04:18:03
    strawberry
    +1
    It does matter where the blood comes from, and you can't trust many lab workers to do proper screening.
  • AprilSkelton 2011/04/12 03:42:23
    Yes
    AprilSkelton
    +3
    It is a fact that AIDS is a disease common to gays. They should not be allowed to donate blood.
  • strawberry AprilSk... 2011/04/12 05:36:45 (edited)
    strawberry
    We had homosexuals throughout history. We never heard of Aids epidemics until white homosexuals started having sex with black homosexuals. West Africans are HIV carriers, including Haitians and other Island people. "A more recent article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on November 1, 2007 dismisses the Patient Zero hypothesis and claims that AIDS transited from Africa to Haiti in 1966 and from Haiti to the United States in 1969." Read the whole article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2011/04/12 03:41:33
    Undecided
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    +1
    Let them donate their blood for gays only.
  • Ruby Dear - The Fangirl of ... 2011/04/12 03:41:05
    No
    Ruby Dear - The Fangirl of PHAET
    +1
    That's ridiculous. Blood diseases can be found in straight people as well as gay people. That's why you're required to be fully tested before you donate.
  • MarinerFH 2011/04/12 03:40:00
  • strawberry MarinerFH 2011/04/12 05:38:17
  • MarinerFH strawberry 2011/04/12 21:38:03
  • Nisa PinkySwear(*~*) 2011/04/12 03:39:11
    No
    Nisa PinkySwear(*~*)
    +1
    Blood is Blood. Do you really think the person on the gurney cares?
  • Nisa Pi... Nisa Pi... 2011/04/12 03:39:49
    Nisa PinkySwear(*~*)
    Besides there are LOTS of straight people with aids as well.
  • God-Cilla (Saviour to the M... 2011/04/12 03:34:59 (edited)
    No
    God-Cilla (Saviour to the Masses)
    +1
    Wow! I didn't know about this! That is so idiotic and nonsensical! Not all gay men that are sexually active are going to have AIDS (of course). And what about extremely promiscuous straight people? No? They couldn't possibly contract AIDS, being straight and all. So let's just ban the sexually active gay men.
    This. Makes. No. Sense.

    Does this mean that they don't check blood for AIDS when it is donated?! I thought it was! Instead they impose frivolous and discriminatory laws? I'm very concerned about this.
  • skruncher427 2011/04/12 03:33:31
    No
    skruncher427
    +1
    The technology is there to help screen the blood for diseases such as HIV/AIDS. The fact that they're not letting gay men donate blood is totally and completely discriminatory. Yet gay women, more commonly known as lesbians, can donate blood without worrying about such discrimination.
  • Hsmagst 2011/04/12 03:22:33
  • nan 2011/04/12 03:18:28
    No
    nan
    +1
    Gay's arent the only people with blood disorders everyone shoud be able to give, the blood banks need it very bad. Each one should be tested though for problems before giving to someone else..Not only hiv but lupis can also be passed with blood.
  • Jareth Majere 2011/04/12 03:15:02
    Yes
    Jareth Majere
    +2
    Stupidly hit the wrong answer, meant to hit no. Can't figure out how to change it now. Anyone can claim not to be gay or claim not to have slept with someone for however long. There are extremely accurate & quick HIV tests now & they should be what determines who donates, not whether or not someone is gay.
  • beavith1 2011/04/12 03:07:51
    Undecided
    beavith1
    +2
    what does 'fairness' have to do with a lifestyle that poses a higher risk of spreading a transmissible disease?
    what next? get a tattoo and donate blood? take intravenous drugs and donate blood?

    my god, this is a dumb decision.

    what of the unlucky individuals that come down with diseases on top of the condition that put them in the market for a transfusion?
  • WshngMchn 2011/04/12 03:05:00 (edited)
    No
    WshngMchn
    +3
    a) Straight people can have AIDS.

    b) You can't test for gayness.
    straight people aids test gayness haggard
  • mind ov... WshngMchn 2011/04/12 03:53:26
    mind over matter
    But if you eliminate the high risk people then you don't waste time & Money when someone else could have been sitting in that chair who was not high risk. Should they also have a 12 month waiting period on people who just got Tattoo's again a high risk group for aids. How about Drug users again High risk. Yes, straight people can have aids but there not in a high risk unless they fall into a High risk area. Your argument is void on the grounds of stupidity.
  • WshngMchn mind ov... 2011/04/12 04:06:25
    WshngMchn
    Why is a gay person "high risk"?
  • mind ov... WshngMchn 2011/04/12 13:21:52
    mind over matter
    SEXUAL Practices. They even ask straights if they are involved in those same practices. So know is not discrimination against Gays it's screening out the High risk people.
  • WshngMchn mind ov... 2011/04/12 17:46:36
    WshngMchn
    Then you would allow a celibate gay man to give blood?
  • mind ov... WshngMchn 2011/04/13 12:20:38
    mind over matter
    If there is such. But the average gay has 5 to 7 different partners which makes them high risk. Just as a straight person who would have 5-7 partners they are also screened as high risk.
  • WshngMchn mind ov... 2011/04/13 16:27:29
    WshngMchn
    So you're saying that everyone who's had 5 sexual partners, gay or straight, should be prohibited from giving blood, but you assume all gay people fall into that category?

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