“Have you had sexual contact with a male, even once?” Gay men and IV drug users are still considered the highest risk blood donor category. Even with a clean bill of health, a gay man is a threat to the blood supply. People who’ve spent more than five years in a country with mad cow disease are also considered high risk.
Even with a clean bill of health
A gay man is considered high risk over a straight man that has been treated for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, venereal warts and genital herpes even in the past year, and in 40 states immediately after getting a tattoo. A man having sex with a prostitute is considered healthier, he can also give blood after having sex with a prostitute as long as he waits twelve months. His blood is considered safe than a man who may have had sex with another man, even though it was 10 years ago.
Italy, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Japan, and the United Kingdom no longer exclude gay men
France, Gemany, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark also use the one-year ban. Canada cut it to a five-year ban.
Gay men make up over half the patients with HIV- 63%
The blood scare goes back to the early eighties, with hemophilia patients started showing up with AIDS-related symptoms after getting routine blood transfusions. That alone was a clear sign HIV donors were infecting the national blood supply. Two years later 14-year-old Ryan White and his death put a stop to it.
What is HIV and how do you get it
Blood tests in 1985 were not as advanced as today’s blood test for HIV. The old tests checked for an abundance of antibodies in the blood, and new HIV infection could go undetected. There was a 45-day window.
Blood tests now, rely on Nuclei Acid testing NAT, which can detect the actual amount of virus in the blood. A positive result is know immediately.
The more regularly you received blood the higher the risk
Hemophiliacs, also known as “bleeders,” get regular blood transfusions to restore clotting with the Factor VIII concentrate-a single dose contains plasma from 22,000 donors. Clotting-agents now are made in lab and there hasn’t been one single infected hemophiliac patient since 1987.
Donor blood is tested for 8 diseases in the United States
In seven to ten days it is known for 99.9% accuracy if the blood contains, HIV, HTLC, hepatitis B and C, West Nile Virus, Chaga disease, syphilis, and sometimes cytomegalovirus CMV. The FDA still considers that percentage a risk to be taking and errors do happen. Like the wrong blood being grabbed before the ten-day period is over.
People are protesting the ban
Mostly on college campuses, asking people to stop giving blood until the ban is lifted. Not wise. Banning blood can hurt US blood supply, especially in the cases of natural and environmental disasters, or terrorist action, the blood is used up rapidly. Gays blood donations account for 20% of the blood being collected.
Does it affect nondiscrimination policy
Obama calls the policy shameful. In the case of public health, would letting that .1% of mad cow disease into the population be the right thing to do, it’s only a five-year ban. In 2010 the FDA Blood Safety and Availability Advisory Committee said they opted to keep the said policy in action, citing screening actions as not 100%.
Can a straight man who has had unsafe sex argue he is being discriminated against
If you have has unsafe sex in the past ten days you can be turned down.