Sunday, December 24, 2006

Politics or the morality police?

Santa Cruz schools rethink blood drives after gay student barred

In March, the major blood-supply organizations in the U.S., including the American Red Cross, petitioned the FDA to relax the rules on gay men, saying "the current lifetime deferral for men who have had sex with other men is medically and scientifically unwarranted." The issue has not yet been resolved, the Red Cross said.

Source: Santa Cruz schools rethink blood drives after gay student barred

I've never really thought about it before. I did not realize they excluded you based on your sexual orientation. Do they ask if you've hetro and sleep around? Because, there is not much of a difference. The rule should be HIV + or infection by other know viruses means no blood donations, regardless of your sexual orientation. The blood is tested to weed out AIDS right? So why ask the question? I smell politics and the religious right.

 

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2 comments:

RG said...

http://www.redcross.org/services/biomed/0,1082,0_557_,00.html

Actual link to guidelines above.

They don't really smell political to me.

I think your sense of smell may be over developed.

Mojoey said...

I dunno rg - if you slep with a man in 1980 and have tested neg on and AIDS test ever since, it seems to be over reacting. Gay men need not apply seems wrong, espcially given everything is tested post donation.

My snese of smell works just fine.