A step forward and a mile back

23 Dec

Recently I blogged about my difficulties in finding a facility where I could donate plasma.

Today, I read that the FDA is finally going to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood–provided they abstain from homosexual intercourse for a full year prior to donating.

I am so angry right now.

I know so many straight people who are happy to donate blood while sexually active, and honestly? dog only knows what symptomless STDs they may be carrying.

It boggles the mind that scientists today can support any policy that perpetuates the idea that transmittable diseases are linked to sexuality.

Fuck you, FDA

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This:

The FDA classifies all gay men in the highest-risk blood-donor category — the same category as IV drug users and people who’ve spent more than five years since 1980 in a country that has mad cow disease. Even with a clean bill of health, a gay man is considered more of a threat to the blood supply than a straight man who was treated for chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, venereal warts, and genital herpes within the past year. (Everyone is at risk for STD transmission. Get the facts you need to Lower Your STD Odds.)

In 40 states, a man can even give blood immediately after getting a tattoo. He can give blood after sleeping with a prostitute — provided he waits 12 months. The FDA, in other words, considers the sort of man who pays women for sex to be healthier — and his blood less of a risk to you — than a man who last had sex with another man 30 years ago.

As stated in the article, it did make sense thirty years ago to eliminate from the blood donating pool the largest single group affected by HIV. With the blood testing available today, it no longer makes any sense. What it does, though, is to further limit a life giving resource.

Go, prejudice.

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2 Responses to “A step forward and a mile back”

  1. Lori 24/12/2014 at 12:43 PM #

    Let them try that with straight men.

    Prejudice is having a great season in America.

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