posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 08:26 AM
I donated blood yesterday. (All conspiracy aside, go out and donate). Of course I was asked a barrage of questions. Do I have any diseases, do I feel
healthy, do I use drugs or share needles? Have I had a tattoo within the last year? Have I paid for sexual acts? Have I had any sexual contact with
Apparently if you've had any homosexual activity, even once since 1977, you're not eligible to donate blood. I guess this is a serious health risk.
So risky that even one brief encounter bars you for life from donating. I thought this might just be a local Red Cross restriction, but it turns out
to be a government mandated policy.
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reworded the donor-deferral recommendations to state that any man who has had sex with another man
since 1977 should not donate blood or plasma. This applies even to men who may have had only a single contact and who do not consider themselves
homosexual or bisexual. Reported by Center for Drugs and Biologics, US Food and Drug Administration; AIDS Br, Div of Viral Diseases, Center for
Infectious Diseases, CDC.
If homosexuality is safe then why does the Center for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration consider this risky? It looks as if this
behavior is a serious health hazard.
This has been voted on again since 1985. In 2000 the FDA reexamined this policy since it was receiving sharp criticism. The decision was made to keep
the lifetime ban in place.
An advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has narrowly voted to maintain the ban on blood donations from homosexual men. The vote
was 7-6 to maintain the ban. Under the FDA's rules, men cannot give blood if they have had sex with another man at least once since 1977.
This isn't just a United States restriction. It's illegal for Canadians to donate as well if they're homosexual. The Canadian Blood Services (CBS)
was recently in the news over a lawsuit that stemmed from a homosexual man lying about his sexual status on his blood donation questionnaire.
CBS is suing Kyle Freeman, 36, for lying about having sex with men so he could give blood. Freeman is counter-suing, arguing a lifetime ban on
donations by men who've had sex with a man even once since 1977 violates his constitutional rights.
Australia’s Red Cross doesn't have a lifetime ban but prohibits donations if you had homosexual activity within the last 12 months. Also note World
Health Organisation (WHO) director Kevin M. De Cock, MD had stated just this last year that outside of Africa there was no risk of AIDS spreading in
the heterosexual community. The homosexual community however was still seeing increased infection in some areas.
Dr De Cock, an epidemiologist who has spent much of his career leading the battle against the disease, said understanding of the threat posed by the
virus had changed. Whereas once it was seen as a risk to populations everywhere, it was now recognised that, outside sub-Saharan Africa, it was
confined to high-risk groups including men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, and sex workers and their clients.
Dr De Cock said: "It is very unlikely there will be a heterosexual epidemic in other countries."
One of the danger areas for the Aids strategy was among men who had sex with men. He said: " We face a bit of a crisis [in this area]. In the
industrialised world transmission of HIV among men who have sex with men is not declining and in some places has increased."
Here we see the same reaction again. Even the WHO has homosexuality grouped with injecting drug users, sex workers, and their clients. We're not
talking about some fringe Bible-thumping redneck. Dr. De Cock hardly fits that category.
A native of Belgium, Dr De Cock received Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.Ch.B.) and M.D. degrees from the University of Bristol and a
Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Liverpool University School of Tropical Medicine. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Medicine
and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Someone is lying to you. Is homosexuality something we're born with or a life style choice? Is homosexuality safe or dangerous? Apparently all the
leading health organizations see it as a health risk.
[edit on 12-10-2009 by dbates]