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  • How much is too much? (Vanity)

    09/14/2013 2:37:12 PM PDT · by zeugma · 34 replies
    Self ^ | 9/14/13 | Zeugma
    My apologies for the vanity, but I figured a rant here might just get this out of my system. I went to Carter Bloodcare today to give my regular blood donation. Those of you who've done this know that there is a bunch of handouts that they make you read through each time that goes over people who cannot give blood. Folks with AIDS are one obvious category, but there are a bunch of others. It will also have a list of medications, that if you are taking will make you ineligible to donate blood. I've given almost 5 gallons...
  • 82 lawmakers ask for end to ban on gay men donating blood

    08/05/2013 12:45:42 PM PDT · by fwdude · 145 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/05/13 | Ramsey Cox
    More than 80 lawmakers have called on the Obama administration to allow gay men to donate blood. The lawmakers say the administration should change what they say is an "outdated" policy. Eighty-two lawmakers in the House and Senate signed on to the letter, including Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Enzi was the only Republican to sign the letter. They said Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should re-evaluate blood donation criteria that ban gay men from donating blood for life.
  • 'National Gay Blood Drive' Protests FDA Ban on Gay Donors

    07/15/2013 2:41:42 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 42 replies
    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...
  • Medics: Gays should be allowed to give blood

    06/24/2013 5:58:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jun 13 12:46 CET | (The Local/jcw)
    German doctors are calling for gay men to be allowed to donate blood. Currently a Europe-wide ban prevents them from doing so, but the German Health Minister said he would welcome a relaxation of the rules. The German Medical Association (BÄK) said that it would do everything “within its means” to remove the blanket ban on men who have sex with men, those with lots of sexual partners and prostitutes, from donating blood. …
  • 21st Century Bloodletting Reduces Cardiovascular Risk

    06/04/2012 8:48:45 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 11 replies
    science daily ^ | 05/29/12 | Bio Med Central Limited
    It seems that while the practice of bloodletting throughout history had little or no effect on most diseases, and the practice was abandoned in the 19th century, new research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine demonstrates that blood donation has real benefits for obese people with metabolic syndrome. Two sessions of bloodletting were enough to improve blood pressure and markers of cardiovascular disease.
  • The Heat

    08/02/2010 11:04:59 AM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 4 replies · 2+ views
    The Heat by Ari Bussel The unbearable heat. 100 people evacuated to hospitals, 36% more than normal. I am not sure what is “normal,” but the forecast is “more of the same” for tomorrow and the next day and then on Thursday, a special treat, “an increase of a few degrees (Celsius).” In Jerusalem everything stood still, as if the heat sat on the ground as the sun boiled from above. I exited a meeting, saw a mirage and escaped to a sanctuary. Now along the “lowlands” from the seashore inland, there is actually a breeze, it is somewhat comfortable...
  • LA Times: Government revisiting restrictions on blood donations by gay men

    03/13/2010 8:13:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies · 882+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 13, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac
    Backers of a change, including Sen. John Kerry, say the policy is outdated medically. Hemophilia groups want to keep it. Federal health officials announced Friday that they would reexamine a 27-year-old set of restrictions on blood donations by gay men. The restrictions, enacted in the early years of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, impose a lifetime ban on men donating blood if they've had sex with another man at any time since 1977. Changes in the rule have been opposed by hemophilia patient groups. People with hemophilia, a bleeding disorder, are heavy users of blood products, and about...
  • Defense Department to Change Blood-Donation Policy

    09/07/2007 3:05:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 164+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2007 – The Defense Department is changing its military blood-donation regulations to allow for a wider spectrum of civilian donors. Current department rules only permit blood donations from servicemembers, Defense Department civilians, retirees and their family members, Navy Cmdr. Michael C. Libby, director of the Armed Services Blood Program Office, told American Forces Press Service and Pentagon Channel reporters. The new policy will enable non-Defense Department affiliated civilians to donate blood through the Armed Services Blood Program at collection points located on department or federal property, Libby explained. The policy change, slated to become effective later...
  • FDA to Review Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

    03/18/2006 10:57:16 PM PST · by MRMEAN · 57 replies · 1,187+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, March 18, 2006; A06 | By Rob Stein
    The Food and Drug Administration is considering revising its policy that bars as a blood donor any man who has had sex with another man since 1977, officials said yesterday. The change in policy is being recommended by the American Red Cross, the American Association of Blood Banks and America's Blood Centers, which collect virtually all the blood used for transfusions nationwide. The three groups requested the change at a March 8 workshop the FDA convened to review the latest scientific information about the safety of the blood supply, arguing that current tests and screening methods have improved enough to...
  • Matriarch of family that lost seven to AIDS dies

    02/16/2006 3:01:35 AM PST · by iowamark · 34 replies · 1,253+ views
    WOI-TV ^ | 02/16/2006 | AP
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Mary Goedken (GED'-ken) of Monticello, the matriarch of an Iowa family that lost eight people to AIDS, has died. She died on Monday at a Monticello nursing home following a brief illness. She was 91. Goedken's family says she had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in December. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no other family in the U-S is known to have lost more members to AIDS than the Goedkens. Six of her seven sons suffered from hemophilia. One son died of complications from hemophilia in 1971. In the 1980s,...
  • McGill University Homosexual Activists Shut Down Blood Clinic

    02/01/2006 3:45:39 PM PST · by DBeers · 32 replies · 692+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | February 1, 2006 | LifeSiteNews.com
    McGill University Homosexual Activists Shut Down Blood Clinic Protesters told to “lie about your sexual history” MONTREAL, February 1, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A group of homosexual activists have shut down a Montreal blood donor clinic that was screening out sexually active “gay” men. 10 to15 men showed up at the McGill University blood drive Wednesday, dressed in women’s clothes and waving sex toys. Workers with the Quebec blood agency found an anonymous note posted in men's bathrooms encouraging homosexual donors to lie on their blood donor questionnaire.The note urged the men to "act faggy" and "lie about your sexual...
  • SA gays in 'blood flood' protest

    01/15/2006 9:51:51 PM PST · by LauraleeBraswell · 63 replies · 1,303+ views
    BBC ^ | January 13 2006 | Mahlatse Gallens
    Gay activists in South Africa have vowed to "flood" the country's blood services with blood donated by gay men. This follows an announcement by the South African National Blood Services that it would not accept donations from men who have sex with men. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance says its members would lie when asked the question: "Have you had male-to-male sex in the past five years?" The Alliance claims members have already donated 120 units of blood. It aims to flood the blood services with 70,000 units. 'Offensive' Alliance spokesman Juan Uys describes the question as "humiliating, offensive and...
  • Gays' 'blood war' slammed

    01/15/2006 2:29:21 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 28 replies · 976+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 16 January 2006
    South Africa's blood supply service today slammed gays who gave blood this week without revealing their sexual status to protest the policy of turning away donations by homosexuals. Some 120 members of the Johannesburg-based Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GLA) on Friday donated blood at clinics in response to a statement by the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) asking gays not to do so. The group's members lied about their sexual status on an admission form and only after donating blood told the SANBS that 65 per cent of them had engaged in high-risk sexual behaviour and were unsure of...
  • Gay man with Aids donates blood (South Africa)

    01/15/2006 12:54:30 AM PST · by presidio9 · 30 replies · 1,234+ views
    Mail & Guardian ^ | 14 January 2006
    A gay man with full-blown Aids donated blood on Friday -- after lying about his sexual practices, the SA National Blood Transfusion Service (SANBTS) has been told. This, after the blood bank reiterated its refusal to accept donations from men who have had sex with men in the past five years. Reassuring the public that the infected blood would not be used, SANBTS spokesperson Ianthe Exall said every donation was still being tested for HIV/Aids and hepatitis. She said Gay and Lesbian Alliance spokesperson David Baxter had told SANBTS marketing manager Gail Nothard that about 120 of its members had...
  • Gay men banned from giving blood

    01/12/2006 3:12:16 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 35 replies · 677+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 13 January 2006
    SOUTH Africa's blood donor service has banned blood from sexually active homosexual men due to a higher risk of HIV, it said overnight, provoking an angry response from gay activists. "A man who has had sex with another man within the last five years, whether oral or anal sex, with or without a condom ... is not permitted to donate blood and must please not do so," Sapa news agency quoted the head of the South African National Blood Service, Dr. Robert Crookes, as saying. South Africa has the world's highest number of HIV cases with more than 5 million...
  • Clinton blood scandal exposed in new film.

    10/31/2005 6:42:51 AM PST · by Mikey · 82 replies · 3,376+ views
    WND ^ | October 30, 2005 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON – A documentary seven years in the making tying Bill Clinton to an Arkansas prison blood scandal that spread AIDS to thousands around the world is set to screen in Hollywood next week – renewing controversy about the long-forgotten story. The film, which premieres at the prestigious American Film Institute film festival next Tuesday, reportedly uncovers fresh evidence about how thousands in Europe contracted AIDS and hepatitis through tainted blood deliberately shipped even after widespread problems were discovered in Canada where some 10,000 had already been infected. "Factor 8: The Arkansas Prison Blood Scandal," made by Kelly Duda, an...
  • CLINTON'S SCOTTISH COURT WARNING

    10/31/2005 4:31:37 AM PST · by Plasmaman · 103 replies · 4,298+ views
    The Daily Record ^ | October 31,2005
    FORMER US President Bill Clinton may be forced to appear in court over a medical scandal which claimed the lives of innocent Scots. Many haemophiliacs were infected with hepatitis C after tainted blood from American prisoners was imported into the UK. Glasgow firm Thomsons are representing the families of Scots sufferers who died after contracting the disease. They allege inmates in an Arkansas jail were paid to donate blood despite the authorities knowing they had AIDS and hepatitis. They are threatening to call the ex-president, who was state governor at the time, to the witness stand. The infected bloodwasused to...
  • Gay Men Donate Blood (Gay Man Upset Blood Bank Won't Take His Blood)

    10/17/2005 4:23:05 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 92 replies · 2,191+ views
    Will and his partner are like a well-oiled machine when it comes to making their morning coffee. Will, wanted to donate blood: We never had a fight. Never had one fight. They have been in a monogamous relationship for five years and recently the couple was moved by the images of the devastation left behind by hurricane Katrina. Will: I went to donate blood, because I felt like I needed to do something for the hurricane victims. But before will could even roll up his sleeves, he was told his blood was unwanted. The reason - it wasn't because he...
  • Persson: let gay men give blood

    08/06/2005 4:56:45 AM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 56 replies · 1,515+ views
    The Local ^ | July 21 | AFP
    "Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson has said that gay men should be allowed to give blood or donate organs, in an interview published on Thursday. Men who have had sex with other men are banned from giving blood or donating organs in many countries, including the United States, because their sexual habits are deemed to increase the risk of spreading the HIV/AIDS virus."
  • Students Tap New Vein of Gay Issue

    07/14/2005 4:48:21 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 76 replies · 1,396+ views
    LA Times ^ | 15 July 2005 | Steven Bodzin
    WASHINGTON — For more than a decade, gay rights advocates have grumbled about a federal policy that forbids blood donation by men who have had sex with men. They say that the policy, originally intended to keep HIV-positive blood from entering the nation's blood supply, implies gay men are inherently ill and that it prevents healthy people from donating. Occasional protests and talks with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which oversees blood banks, have brought no change. Now, some college students have taken up the cause, and they're taking a new tack. Instead of pressuring the FDA directly, they...
  • Gay men should be able to donate blood, students say College group pressures Red Cross

    07/13/2005 4:05:47 AM PDT · by Dane · 116 replies · 2,859+ views
    Concord Monitor, LA Times ^ | 7/11/05 | Steve Bodzin
    Gay men should be able to donate blood, students say College group pressures Red Cross By STEVEN BODZIN Los Angeles Times July 11. 2005 8:06AM WASHINGTON - For more than a decade, gay rights advocates have grumbled about a federal policy that forbids blood donation by men who have had sex with men. They say that the policy, originally intended to keep HIV-positive blood from entering the nation's blood supply, implies gay men are inherently sick and that it prevents healthy people from donating. Occasional protests and talks with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which oversees blood banks, have...
  • Blood banks desperate for donations in wake of Dennis

    07/11/2005 2:20:39 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 15 replies · 306+ views
    Huntsville Times ^ | 7/11/05 | Kenneth Kesner
    LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and the American Red Cross put out a call for donors over the weekend because blood supplies are low and likely to worsen in the wake of Hurricane Dennis. A hurricane isn't usually the kind of disaster that uses up the blood supply. But officials point out that hurricanes and the storms, tornadoes and flooding that follow affect the amount of blood available as drives are often canceled and offices may be damaged or closed. "It makes what's already a short supply even more tentative," said Rick Cantrell, executive director of the Madison/Marshall County Chapter of...
  • After 601 donations, time to retire: Russell Mulawka gave blood for 53 years

    06/03/2005 1:04:37 AM PDT · by kingattax · 7 replies · 342+ views
    The Edmonton Journal ^ | May 30, 2005 | Mike Sadava
    EDMONTON -- Russell Mulawka started giving blood 53 years ago, and he just recently made his last donation. Over that time he gave blood 601 times, and giving an average of 500 millilitres per time. That adds up to 300 litres, which is enough of his RH positive blood to fill two bathtubs or drain the average human body about 60 times. Now 71, he has never had a transfusion himself, and neither have members of his immediate family, but "I'm hoping that maybe it did a miracle for somebody." He started giving blood when he was 18 and in...
  • Canada Red Cross Guilty in Blood Scandal

    05/30/2005 8:53:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies · 784+ views
    Yahoooooooooooo ^ | hours, 26 minutes ago
    HAMILTON, Ontario - The Canadian Red Cross pleaded guilty Monday to distributing blood tainted with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1980s, and was fined $4,000 in the public health disaster that infected thousands. More than 1,000 Canadians contracted blood-borne HIV and up to 20,000 others were infected with hepatitis C after receiving the tainted blood products. About 3,000 people had died by 1997 and the death toll has grown, but recent estimates were not available. "(The) Canadian Red Cross Society is deeply sorry for the injury and death ... for the suffering caused to families and loved ones of...
  • Red Cross apologizes for scandal

    05/30/2005 6:32:11 PM PDT · by Clive · 58 replies · 2,102+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2005-05-30 | Colin Perkel
    HAMILTON (CP) - Tens of thousands of Canadians infected with AIDS or hepatitis C got an apology from the Canadian Red Cross on Monday after the charity pleaded guilty to distributing tainted blood in exchange for dropped criminal charges. "The Canadian Red Cross Society is deeply sorry for the injury and death caused to those who were infected . . . and for the suffering caused to families and loved ones of those who were harmed," Dr. Pierre Duplessis, the organization's secretary general, told the Ontario Superior Court in a video-taped apology as tearful victims looked on. "We accept responsibility...
  • Red Cross: Type-O Negative Blood In Short Supply

    05/28/2005 1:16:07 AM PDT · by echoBoomer · 36 replies · 2,246+ views
    KNBC-TV ^ | May 28,2005 | KNBC-TV
    LOS ANGELES - The Red Cross has less than an eight-hour supply of Type O-Negative blood in what is being called one of Southern California's worst blood shortages in recent history, an organization official said on Friday. There are also no severe shortages of O-Positive and other blood types, according to Julie Juliusson of the Southern California Red Cross. "We are urging our neighbors to make an appointment today to donate blood," said Director of Donor Recruitment Cliff Numark. "We are also asking businesses, universities, churches and other groups of 100 people or more to schedule blood drives to support...
  • Another View: Let gay men give blood (Barf Alert)

    03/13/2005 3:16:21 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 72 replies · 1,670+ views
    The Union Leader ^ | March 13, 2005 | NICHOLAS CHRISTIANSEN
    I AM writing in response to a Sunday News editorial, "Education lacking: UNH Senate AIDS issue shows it," that was published Feb. 27. As the author of the UNH Senate Resolution that the editorial referred to, I feel obligated to respond and clear up some of the apparent confusion among the editorial staff. The current FDA regulation banning any man who has had sex with another man at any time since 1977 from donating blood were instituted in the early 1980s as a precaution against the spread of the HIV virus and AIDS through the blood supply. It was the...
  • Notes From Out of the Blue . . .

    11/13/2004 5:43:22 PM PST · by Trochilus · 6 replies · 303+ views
    Trochilus
    Notes From Out of the Blue . . . Greetings from New Jersey, a State which on Monday will shed Governor James McGreevey, who has single-handedly rewritten the book on personal and political recklessness, to the point that he is now obliged to resign in disgrace. The Governor has been awash in examples of high-risk political behavior since taking office. Many of these have been well documented, including during the final run-up to his resignation Monday, November 15th, as in a recent Gannet compilation found at http://www.courierpostonline.com/news/southjersey/m110704c.htm. But the Governor has also taken part in unacceptably high-risk personal behavior, the...
  • RED CROSS revises blood donation tests

    08/26/2004 8:51:13 AM PDT · by eccentric · 10 replies · 454+ views
    American Red Cross Central Plains Region | Aug 25, 2004 | Linda Martinez
    WELCOME BACK... we've missed you.Good News...you will soon be eligible to help save lives again by donating blood! It is my extreme pleasure to inform you of an important testing advancement at the Red Cross which enables me to welcome you back as a potential blood or apheresis donor. At the time of your last donation, we wrote to advise you of an alanine aminotransferase (ALT) elevation we had found when testing your blood. ALT is an enzyme found in the liver and other parts of the body, which when elevated. may suggest infection or irritation of the liver. With...
  • Red Cross disposed of blood after sorority member e-mail said "Lie" on donor questionnaires: MIZZOU

    06/24/2004 1:12:53 PM PDT · by rface · 17 replies · 418+ views
    Columbia, Missouri Daily Tribune ^ | Thursday, June 24, 2004 | NATE CARLISLE
    The American Red Cross destroyed all blood donations from a University of Missouri-Columbia sorority but did not tell the public because it didn’t want to raise concerns about the blood supply the Red Cross promised was safe. A Red Cross spokesman said yesterday 81 donations were destroyed out of concern the sorority members lied on their donor questionnaires, breaching one of the safeguards against tainted blood. The spokesman, Jim Williams, also acknowledged the elimination wasn’t shared with the public. "Our main emphasis there was to make sure the public wasn’t alarmed for any reason," he said. "We always had the...
  • Students Protest Blood Drive Screening

    03/17/2004 9:45:58 AM PST · by Sweet_Sunflower29 · 61 replies · 381+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2004
    Two student legislators at Western Oregon University have launched a drive to ban Red Cross blood drives on campus, claiming the donor screening process discriminates against gays. The two students are particularly upset about a donor question that reads: "Are you a male who has had sex with another male since 1977, even once?" The federal Food and Drug Administration, which regulates the Red Cross screening process, will not accept a donation from someone who answers 'yes' to the question, in order to help eliminate potentially HIV-tainted blood. "By continuing to allow the Red Cross on our campus, the university...
  • Military Blood Program Seeks Holiday Donors

    12/24/2003 6:12:57 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 7 replies · 243+ views
    Military Blood Program Seeks Holiday Donors American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va., Dec. 23, 2003 – The Armed Services Blood Program urges eligible donors to give blood this holiday season to ensure supplies are available to treat service members, retirees and their families. Army Pvt. Dylan Tyahla donates his 10th pint of blood at Fort Gordon, Ga. Tyahla will be able to continue as a regular Armed Services Blood Program donor at his next duty assignment in Okinawa. Photo by Paul Clayton(Click photo for screen-resolution image); high-resolution image available. The blood program organization collects, processes and distributes blood...
  • The Red Cross standard

    12/17/2003 7:22:54 AM PST · by ArGee · 9 replies · 138+ views
    World Magazine ^ | 12/20/2003 | Joel Belz
    IT'S A GOOD THING OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WAL-Mart is just 150 yards from my office. In my very informal Belz Blue-Collar Poll on Homosexual Marriage (see last week's issue), I forgot one very important follow-up question, and had to hurry back this morning to get a few more opinions. (This very unscientific approach is why you should attach no statistical significance to my findings.) To put this account in context, you need to know that a couple of days ago, I had also stopped by for a visit to the local unit of Red Cross, where I go as often as...
  • Oregon blood drive canceled over ineligibility of gay men

    05/19/2003 12:45:40 PM PDT · by MikeJ75 · 64 replies · 468+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 05/19/2003 | AP
    Students at Southern Oregon University (SOU) say they will cancel their blood drive this term because eligibility to donate discriminates against gay men. Students say that goes against the university's anti-discrimination policy and continues to label AIDS and HIV as a gay men's disease. David Adkins-Brown, SOU multicultural senator, said that is a misnomer that needs to be eradicated. "From my understanding, it's a rule they made up in the 1980s and people are not up to date," he said. Guidelines say males who have had homosexual encounters even once since 1977 are ineligible.
  • Military has asked Americas Blood Centers for blood

    03/29/2003 8:27:11 PM PST · by Lighthouse Lady · 10 replies · 296+ views
    As was posted a few days ago, the military contracted with ABC and ARC to supply them with blood if needed. As of Friday afternoon, they have asked the blood centers for blood. Please call your local blood center and make an appointment, especially if you are O negative. The supply must be steady, not all at once. LL