Ban On Homosexual Blood Remains In Place

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    Gay and bisexual men may feel "a loss of dignity, a feeling of marginalization, a sense of disappointment, and a sense of injustice," especially given their history of discrimination, Aitken wrote.

    However that's not the same as asking the people who need blood to survive or thrive to accept lower standards when an adequate supply could be provided more safely.

    Ban on blood from gays, bisexuals upheld | Canada | News | Toronto Sun
     
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    Hey, would any of you pro homo marrige people take some homo blood too?
     
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    Knowing that it is screened and filtered and death being the alternative..

    Would you rather die or recieve blood from a homosexual??

    In your case, being homophobic can be deadly.. Besides, you do know that they check every donation and screen it for Hep C and Hep B, as well as HIV.. No I guess you didn't know that.. Had you known that you wouldn't have started this thread or asked such a stupid question..
     
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    You are also excluded for illegal drug use or having sex with a prostitute. Its all a matter of how much risk is acceptable.
     
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    Wow.

    I'm a nurse, and my answer is a resounding YES!

    As stated by other posters, blood is SCREENED for transmittable diseases,

    and it isn't like heterosexual folks could Never get those diseases, because it's a proven fact that they can and do.

    THAT is a slap in the face to homosexuals,

    a put down not based on ANY scientific facts,

    and a despicable way to treat ANY demographic.

    Canada does this?

    Rah, Rah, National Healthcare.

    Cripes.

     
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    WTF???

    Have I misunderstood?

    Do they NOT screen, BEFORE accepting donations?!?

    Down here in the USA, it is a matter of POLICY that EVERY donor is screened prior to EACH donation.

    Even if it's that they think that someone might have become infected, like, Last Night,

    it could happen to ANYONE.

    For real.

    Holy MACKEREL!
     
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    Even testing HIV antigens rather than antibodies leaves a two week window for an infected donor to be undetectable. Gay men have Hiv infection rates that are orders of magnitude higher than low risk donors. How much risk is acceptable to make gays feel better about themselves?
     
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    Which is stupid, because of the screening process. Plus heterosexuals can be just as much of a risk as gay people.
     
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    No they are not.
     
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    Even with screening and irradiation there is no way to ensure 100% safety in the blood supply and there is hep C that is transmitted for every several hundred thousand units transfused (if I recall correctly).

    It's just a risk that goes with a medical procedure.

    The screening process should remain intact to lower the risk. How that turns into a referendum on gay marriage I'll never know (as this is frequently what happens).
     

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