Skip to comments.'National Gay Blood Drive' Protests FDA Ban on Gay Donors
Posted on 07/15/2013 2:41:42 PM PDT by dontreadthis
After Marshall Duer-Balkind, 30, exited a blood donation center on Friday morning, he held up a long green form as evidence that he had been rejected as a blood donor.
On the form Duer-Balkind pointed out that section that disqualified him from being a blood donor because of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy that bans men who have sex with men from giving blood.
After Duer-Balkind showed the form to two volunteers from the National Gay Blood Drive demonstration, the volunteers pulled out a red ink pad and stamped Rejected on his forearm.
The stamp was proof that Duer-Balkind had taken part in a nationwide demonstration to protest the FDA policy, which bans men who have sex with men from donating blood, since they are considered at a higher risk for having HIV.
I think its an absolutely ridiculous and antiquated policy, said Duer-Balkind, who had come to participate in the demonstration during a vacation in New York.
There were more than 50 demonstrations planned as part of the National Gay Blood Drive in various U.S. cities on Friday. The drive was planned to help draw attention to the number of potential blood donors who are automatically disqualified due to their sexual orientation. In addition to men who have sex with men, women are disqualified from giving blood if within the last 12 months they have had sex with a man who at any point since 1977 has sex with another man.
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Some entrepreneurial type could probably make some money doing that....allowing people to set aside their OWN blood for possible use by themselves, or another person they designate...kinda like giving away a kidney (which a friend of mine did.)
Equality means AIDS for all.
Storage of your own blood information.....hmmmm....
Blood banks will already do that; it’s an autologous donation. Prior to scheduled surgery, for example.
Haven’t you heard? Rules against gay blood donations are just an effort to demean them. They have a constitutional right to taint the national blood supply. Justice Kennedy said so.
That’s a misleading title. I thought I would see a step-by-step procedure from venipuncture to your freezer settings and which brand of plastic bag to use. :-)
oh how you make me chuckle...must be the Army guy is us...geez, remember back in the day how that would have been handled in the platoon barracks...
these faggots wont stop until they kill us all
HIV for everyone!!
Better not need a transfusion.
No one’s personal blood is “banked;” it still goes into the blood supply. You just get credit for it.
A few years back I had my hip replaced at a large Boston hospital.The surgeon told me that I was likely to lose enough blood during the procedure to require a transfusion and he advised me to have my own blood stored beforehand so I could get it back during the surgery.I was surprised how *strongly* he recommended it...almost as if he didn’t fully trust the local blood supply.Maybe he had good reason...they don’t call it “The Gay State” for nothing.
A lot of hemophiliacs got Aids from tainted blood products back in the day because homos refused to stop selling their blood.
Exactly: Everyone should have an equal chance of getting bad blood from a fag donor.
Betcha the elites blood is banked prior to surgery.
I’m talking Bush, Gore, Clinton, Romney, Gates, etc.
It’s just the peons (way too many of us mind you) who have to play roulette with the blood supply.
Friend of mine is bad off with untreatable HepC he got from a transfusion post encounter with DUI driver in Mass.
Before they started testing the supply for that.
I hear ya.A nurse I used to work with in a Boston hospital’s ER contracted AIDS *and* Hep C from a needle stick during a code.Needle sticks are,unfortunately,pretty common in hospitals...particularly in high intensity areas like the ER,ICU and OR.
Oh, but if anyone smokes or is overweight insurance companies need to know. Naah, no double standards here.
This was back when it was still illegal.
I resigned the day Clinton made it optional.
Now usurper Obama is doing his best to make it mandatory.
Autologous donations can only be stored for 60 days. After that, the blood has to be discarded.
I stored my own blood for my surgery. Yes, you can donate your own and request it. My doctor insisted that I do an autologous donation. I saw the pints myself in the OR.
Yup - remember Ryan White? The gay community wanted to make him the poster boy for AIDS discrimination - a young white straight boy who got AIDS. They were trying to argue that ANYONE could get AIDS, so why think AIDS was a “gay” disease?
They never wanted to focus on the fact that he was a hemophiliac who contracted AIDS as a result of a tainted blood transfusion, donated by a gay male.
They want us to share their Russian roulette risk.
I'll do the legwork for you. Assuming "FW" is Fort Worth, here is a quote from nearby Carter BloodCare in Bedford, Texas:
"Q: Can I give blood for myself?
"Yes. It is called autologous donation. Autologous means "self donation" and refers to donating blood for your own surgery. This is a decision that you and your surgeon must make together. An autologous donation can only be drawn with an Autologous Donation Request Form that must be completed and signed by your surgeon. Once the form is completed, you may contact our Special Donations Department at 1-866-525-3378 or Metro 817-412-5308 to schedule an appointment at a Donor Center (Monday - Friday) near you."
frozen cells (as opposed to whole blood) are good for 10 years. However, freezing reduces the quantity of cells post-thaw. So stock up.
Sorry gays - there's all kinds of consequences to your lifestyle choices. Infecting the rest of the population shouldn't be one of those choices that I have to accept.
Remember, it is the recipient/patient that is endangered by the donor. Thus these protestors want the ‘RIGHT’ to potentially ENDANGER (based upon known and statistically-proven lifestyle choices) anonymous recipients for emergency use at a time when their logical decision making is a premium.
As a 100+ Gallon blood donor, I have been turned down many times for a donation at a time when I was outside the parameters. While disappointed I realized that this was the effort by the blood bank / FDA organizations to make the blood donations as safe as possible, rather than as is socially acceptable.
As an aging American, I much prefer the safe is best attitude!
Gay doners should be allowed. The blood that they donate should be givin only to other gays who need blood.
Thanks....interesting that hospitals don’t seem to tell people about it.
professor, you’ve discovered a new blood group: GAY
“he drive was planned to help draw attention to the number of potential blood donors who are automatically disqualified due to their sexual orientation.”
That’s a lie. I’ve given blood many times and no one asks donors a single question about “sexual orientation”. What donors are asked about is sexual behavior. Someone who suffers from SSA disorder can donate all the blood he wants as long as he’s a celibate virgin.
Should have used a branding iron to put “REJECT” on this guy’s forehead.
Thanks for the info. I’d always been told that this was not the case. Good to know it’s possible.
Not relevant to me, but does this mean that active homosexuals can give blood autologously, since the risk to the blood supply is then not an issue? That might be the answer to assuage their demands to donate.
trying times...I think the CIC needs a Code Red!
The question they ask is “if you are male, have you had sex with another male since 1977?” The answer is given in private. They don’t stamp rejected on your body or on any paper. You will be permanently deferred. Only if they take your blood and it is later determined by testing to have H.I.V. Antibodies are you placed into a data base and in some cases, your state Public Health Service is notified.
In the instance of severe trauma, the ER isn't going to delve into your wishes to use only blood you donated at such-and-such clinic, they'll just grab the most expedient batch that is your match at the emergency facility you are taken to. Also, there is thawing time needed to make ready for the transfusion, and in an emergency, the medical team might not have that luxury.
Better to insist that the be blood supply reasonably remain free of all at-risk donations, such as homos.
Ryan White... one of the first nationally reported deaths was that young man that suffered hemophilia. I just remembered him when I read your post. This “taint the blood supply” agenda is evil at its base core.
AIDS for all placemark.