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With new HIV research, FDA
may let gay men donate blood

Washington Times, by Cheryl Wetzstein

Original Article

Posted By:mitzi, 12/2/2013 9:41:09 AM

A push by activists to ease the 30-year-old blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men faces a key test this week as a federal panel hears results of the latest research. The findings will be released amid growing pressure from politicians and advocates, including college students, to change the policy. Critics say the ban is a hangover from the early, fear-filled days of AIDS, stigmatizing gay men and ignoring advances in treatment and detection in the decades since. Supporters of the policy say politics, not science, is driving the proposed change, which would heighten the risk of

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I don´t doubt that this is being driven by politics!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 12/2/2013 9:43:28 AM     (No. 9636650)

Death panels in a more portable form ..

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 12/2/2013 9:46:54 AM     (No. 9636658)

You already have an example of how deadly this practice would be. Bill Clinton allowed the sale of HIV infected blood from Arkansas prison inmates while he was governor. Google that to see how well it worked out.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 12/2/2013 9:52:45 AM     (No. 9636663)

Anyone having spent a certain amount of time in the UK is not eligible to give blood in the US. Something to do with a Mad Cow - maybe Maddow?

http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-
requirements/eligibility-criteria-alphabetical-listing#arc5

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mickturn, 12/2/2013 9:53:19 AM     (No. 9636665)

Obviouslly the blood will only be available to enemies of this administration...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: VinGoombatz, 12/2/2013 9:56:40 AM     (No. 9636672)

Because of what homosexual men did (and do), a virus spread...and millions of innocent children died.

There´s a truth that you won´t hear for another 150 years.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Salt5792, 12/2/2013 10:07:00 AM     (No. 9636697)

Well, I guess the US can always import blood from China and just throw away whatever they collect here.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 12/2/2013 10:10:40 AM     (No. 9636701)



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Reply 8 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/2/2013 10:11:40 AM     (No. 9636705)

Check Wiki - Factor 8: The Arkansas Prison Blood Scandal - for more background information.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: QRP, 12/2/2013 10:13:22 AM     (No. 9636708)

Does it really matter? Its not like you are going to be able to afford a transfusion under Obamacare.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rather Read, 12/2/2013 10:15:11 AM     (No. 9636712)

I have a large family. I´m going to ask them to give in case I need a transfusion.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: gobushcheneygo, 12/2/2013 10:20:16 AM     (No. 9636719)

#10, there is no guarantee you´ll get it. My Aunt and her family donated blood for her surgery. The hospital conveniently "lost, misplaced or mislabeled" their blood. So my Aunt had to buy unknown donor blood. It´s was a hospital win-win. They sold her blood and she had to buy donor blood.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 12/2/2013 10:34:50 AM     (No. 9636737)

I thought we were told it was ´homophobic´ to say that HIV was a gay disease. So, now it´s ok to tell the truth?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: happywarrior, 12/2/2013 10:36:09 AM     (No. 9636740)

Gee, what could go wrong?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Bohallx, 12/2/2013 10:51:34 AM     (No. 9636757)

This was a three-bagger ~ letters to 1 Rep, 2 Senators.

Told all 3 of them that if I or a loved one got AIDs from a blood transfusion and they´d voted for a law that allowed people with AIDS to donate or sell blood, Congressional immunity would not save them.

I received similar letters from all three who assured me they would never approve the practice.

Guess they don´t want to risk getting AIDS either!

BTW, they were all Democrats.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: hershey, 12/2/2013 11:05:54 AM     (No. 9636779)

Ah, number 14, you KNOW how democrats lie....

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Reply 16 - Posted by: jorgecito, 12/2/2013 11:08:59 AM     (No. 9636785)

Federal officials said at an August meeting of the FDA that some strains of HIV may be difficult to detect and noted that Germans have reported a few “transfusion transmissions” in recent year

That´s more than enough evidence to provide an answer to these whining weenies:
No more sacrifice of innocent, helpless patients to placate a tiny group of radical "activists."



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Reply 17 - Posted by: MirJoy, 12/2/2013 11:35:11 AM     (No. 9636808)

Another way to thin the herd.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 12/2/2013 11:37:21 AM     (No. 9636812)

But #5, it was fun!!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: losgatos, 12/2/2013 11:55:14 AM     (No. 9636845)

Redistribution of AIDS. If one has it we should all have it.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 12/2/2013 11:57:41 AM     (No. 9636849)

The inmates are truely running the asylum known as America.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: toddh, 12/2/2013 11:59:54 AM     (No. 9636853)

The Federal Department of AIDS.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: MattMusson, 12/2/2013 12:41:59 PM     (No. 9636907)

In case you cannot predict the outcome -

Gays will donate blood as a no cost test to find out if they have HIV.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: SteelTurman, 12/2/2013 1:57:38 PM     (No. 9637004)

#22

Astute and so true.



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Reply 24 - Posted by: joew9, 12/2/2013 2:27:37 PM     (No. 9637029)

They are trying to re-write history. The FDA did not ban gay men from donating blood because of some unwarranted "fear", or prejudice, or knee jerk fear filled response. They did it because all the non gay cases were from blood transfusions. It was simple pure logic. It was correct logic. The same reasoning is still valid today.

But it´s like they are coupling their rewrite of history with an attitude that we´ve made enough advance in treating Aids that it doesn´t matter if someone gets it from a blood transfusion. Why they´ll just "treat" them and "cure" them. Barbara Streisand!!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/2/2013 3:02:31 PM     (No. 9637061)

Hemophiliacs were a sizable chunk of the early victims of AIDS until it was realized how the disease was transmitted. Then transmission by transfusion was reduced to near zero until Clinton allowed blood from convicts to be sold to Canada. There is no reason to expose innocents to risk of AIDS from blood transfusions. Under Obamacare, surgical procedures will be delayed so long, you can give your own blood.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/2/2013 3:05:21 PM     (No. 9637064)

Risk everyone´s live just to spare the feelings of a few offended infected gays???

I´ve been donating blood for 35 years and I can´t imagine blood services going along with this. Imagine the lawsuits.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: EQKimball, 12/2/2013 3:06:31 PM     (No. 9637066)

“...[A]ll potential donors are screened for high-risk behavior, regardless of sexual orientation,” the organization said. "...So, if the questions are answered correctly, ´it makes no sense scientifically´ to exclude these donors." Wonderful. The FDA will protect us by relying on the honor system.







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Reply 28 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/2/2013 3:33:51 PM     (No. 9637112)

They don´t let you donate blood if you´ve ever had cancer, even long ago and you´re cured.

But they´d let people at risk for AIDS give blood?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: thethirdruffian, 12/2/2013 4:23:47 PM     (No. 9637171)

They don´t let you donate blood if you traveled to Europe during certain years because of the remote, remote, remote chance of Mad Cow disease.

This is politics, not science.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: AGGW, 12/2/2013 4:42:07 PM     (No. 9637187)

I have always suspected many people don´t answer the questions truthfully anyway.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: franq, 12/2/2013 5:14:56 PM     (No. 9637211)

Not good.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Hammock, 12/2/2013 7:54:35 PM     (No. 9637380)

#s 22 and 23. A guy told me 20 years ago he donated blood as an AIDS test - a heterosexual man, too. Nowadays in a lot of places one can get free, anonymous, testing at county and city health clinics, but I wouldn´t be surprised if people are still using blood donation as a convenient test.

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