Men who have sex with other men, including gay and bisexual men, have an HIV infection rate 60 times higher than that of the general population, the FDA says. They have an infection rate 800 times higher than first-time blood donors and 8,000 times higher than the rate of repeat blood donors. Tests cannot pick up a new HIV infection in the blood with 100 percent accuracy; because blood is often pooled, many people may be at risk from a single infected donor.
|The homosexual lobby even has its own logo for their push to jeopardize our nation's blood supply!|
Kerry, Quigley: HHS Moves to Revisit Outdated Gay Blood Donor Ban
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) today applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for outlining concrete steps towards ending the outdated, discriminatory lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood.
In a question and answer document requested by Senator Kerry and Congressman Quigley, HHS laid out four final areas for additional study needed to implement a policy change and identified funding in two of the four areas.
"We've been working on this a long time in a serious way and I'm glad Secretary Sebelius responded with concrete steps to finally remove this policy from the books," said Senator Kerry. "HHS is doing their due-diligence and we plan to stay focused on the end game - a safe blood supply and an end to this discriminatory ban."
"This announcement by HHS means we're moving in the direction of finally ending this antiquated and discriminatory policy," said Quigley. "Senator Kerry and I will continue to push for a behavior-based screening process both in the name of fairness and a safer blood supply." . . .
Read entire statement HERE
LGBT advocates also praised HHS for taking steps toward allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood.
Nathan Schaefer, director of public policy at the New York-based Gay Men's Health Clinic, said he's "pleased to see" the U.S. government take "critical steps to review outdated blood donation policies."
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How ironic..., military service members and their families that served in Europe, for six months or more (and that includes just about all fliers and ops guys) after 1981 are prohibited from donating. My blood drive on Robins AFB went from nearly 1400 active donors to less than 200 when that ruling was enacted.