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  • Breaking: FDA Lifts Discriminatory Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood, Institutes New Discriminatory Ban

    The FDA is instituting a new discriminatory ban on gay men – but on no one else, in a failed attempt to "protect" the nation's blood supply.

    For decades, gay men in America have been prohibited from donating blood. Not just gay men, but any man who has ever – ever – had sex with another man. That's a pretty paranoid and wholly unscientific attempt to "protect" the nation's blood supply, instituted at the beginning of the AIDS crisis.

    Now, after more than a year of discussions, testimony from experts, a substantial letter from 80 Democratic members of Congress, and other deliberations by experts, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just announced it will drop the "ever" part of its ban on gay men donating blood, but replace it with a one-year prohibition on men who have had sex with men.

    In other words, if you're a man and have had sex with another man (MSM) in the past year, you're still banned from donating blood.

    WATCH: Alan Cumming Mocks FDA's Latest Anti-Gay Blood Rules In Hysterical New Campaign

    So, if you're a gay man in a monogamous relationship with your legally-married husband, you are ineligible to donate blood.

    If you're a heterosexual man who is legally married to a woman but has random and anonymous sexual encounters every week with women, step right up, you're 100% eligible to donate blood.

    The FDA wrongly claims its new discriminatory policy is "backed by sound science and continues to protect our blood supply."

    FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver's news site, examined the FDA's proposed policy of a five-year ban, a one-year, ban, and dropping the ban all together, concluding that "a complete removal of the FDA restrictions on MSM has the potential to help save the lives of 1.8 million people annually."

     

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    • commented 2015-12-22 19:29:44 -0500
      Unfortunately, the science and statistics behind making homosexual and bisexual men wait a year before donating is sound. They are at an increased risk of contracting HIV, statistically speaking. To the person who commented saying drug users can donate scott free: I’m fairly certain that that’s inaccurate. If I recall, there are questions on the questionnaire about whether or not you have injected drugs. There are also bans on people who recently have gotten tattoos or piercings.

      HIV is a tricky disease, that can remain undetected, even in blood tests, for weeks and maybe even months after it has been contracted.

      Sources, for anyone interested: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/msm/index.html

    • commented 2015-12-22 17:19:04 -0500
      Also, it protects nothing. I have gay friends who donate and just lie on the form

    • commented 2015-12-22 15:39:00 -0500
      Do they understand that straight people cheat and have anal sex? Straight people who cheat don’t always use condoms. Monogamous homosexual men are not “high risk” like Roibeard said. But straight men who cheat are “high risk”.

    • commented 2015-12-22 00:46:20 -0500
      Kim B do yourself a favor and shut up!

    • commented 2015-12-21 19:07:59 -0500
      Wow Kim B great way to compare homosexual men to child molesters there.

      Of course that ignores that 1) Testing has improved by significant leaps to the point one can findout about infection just a couple of weeks after the encounter, 2) Monogamous homosexual men are not “high risk” 3) Non monogamous straight men and women are likely to be infected but are not being banned.

      Yes the excuses that were once used, no longer make sense and no longer hold up under close scrutiny.

      By continuing the ban with the same ban (and lets face it, its the same ban) they are saying that gay men are diseased, and are perpetuating it over and over.

      I have never had an STD, yet I cannot give blood but my brother, who is promiscuous to the point of cheating on his girlfriends/wives can give blood no problem… DO YOU SEE the problem there?

      Oh no you don’t, because “gay men are more diseased so we need ot protect the world form them”

    • commented 2015-12-21 18:23:55 -0500
      stealing ROIBEARD BASAMANIA-EETEN’s comment …

    • commented 2015-12-21 17:38:56 -0500
      You dont have to like the statistics but gays were banned for a reason. According to POZ.com gay men account for 63% of new HIV infections in the US despite gays making up only approx 5% of the US population. As a gay man you have a 40 times greater chance of getting it than a hetero man. The CDC estimates 20% of gay men are HIV . Gay men have been banned from donating for years and its staggering the amount that find out they are HIV by donating blood. Obviously they lied. When gay men stop catching HIV at a rate 40 times that of a hetero adult, them they should be allowed to donate. Some disctimination is necessary for public safety. I discriminate against sex offenders mainly child molesters. Does that make me a bad person too?

    • commented 2015-12-21 13:03:37 -0500
      Breaking: FDA removes lifetime ban by installing lifetime ban.

    • commented 2015-12-21 12:56:13 -0500
      Or, if you’re a drug addict who shares needles, hey, cmon in and give the “gift of life”! Things like this are why I cringe whenever I hear the words “FDA experts say…” because common sense says they’re wrong.

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