Lifetime Ban on Gay Blood Donations to be Removed

The FDA is calling for the overturning of a ban on gay blood donations.

If you ever were in a position where you needed a blood transfusion, would it okay with you if the blood came from a practicing homosexual? I think even a member of the far left in his most honest moment and time of need would balk at receiving such blood. Perhaps even a homosexual would as well.

Even though there’s been a ban on homosexuals giving blood for over thirty years, the FDA is now calling for that ban to be removed. What’s interesting is that they don’t want a complete overturning of the ban. Their one stipulation for a homosexual to be able to donate blood is that he remain celibate for one year prior to donating. (Does such a homosexual even exist?) So, basically practically nothing’s changed. Here’s the Associated Press:

Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified.

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it favors replacing the blanket ban with a new policy barring donations from men who have had gay sex in the previous year. FDA officials said that policy is supported by research and would put the U.S. in-line with other countries including Australia, Japan and the U.K. The lifetime ban dates from the early years of the AIDS crisis and was intended to protect the blood supply from what was a then little-understood disease. But many medical groups, including the American Medical Association, say the policy is no longer supported by science, given advances in HIV testing. Gay activists say the lifetime ban is discriminatory and perpetuates negative stereotypes of homosexual men.

The agency will recommend the switch in draft guidelines early next year and move to finalize them after taking comments from the public, FDA officials. FDA Deputy Director Dr. Peter Parks declined to give a timeframe for completing the process but said, “we commit to working as quickly as possible on this issue.”

All blood donations are screened for HIV, however, the test only detects the virus after it’s been in the bloodstream about 10 days. That allows a brief window when the virus that causes AIDS can go undetected.

According to government figures, men who have had sex with other men represent about 2 percent of the U.S. population, yet account for at least 62 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S.

Tuesday’s announcement is the culmination of years of government discussions re-examining the ban. Last month a panel of blood safety experts convened by Department of Health and Human Services voted 16-2 in favor of doing away with the lifetime ban. The panel recommended moving to a one-year ban, which bars donors who have had male-on-male sex during the previous 12 months.

Some gay activists said Tuesday that policy remains unrealistic and will still stigmatize gay and bisexual men.

“Some may believe this is a step forward, but in reality, requiring celibacy for a year is a de facto lifetime ban,” the organization Gay Men’s Health Crisis, a New York-based nonprofit that supports AIDS prevention and care, said after the announcement.

So, if homosexual activity is totally natural, safe, healthy and clean, then why is there still effectively a ban on homosexuals being allowed to donate their naturally clean, safe and healthy blood? It’s just as clean, safe and healthy as everyone else’s, right? What’s different about them from anyone else? I mean, this would be exactly like barring black people from donating blood, as if their blood is dirtier than white people’s blood. And that would be racist.

While we might see a few unhappy comments from those in the homosexual community, we don’t see outrage from the left. There should be total outrage over this blatant display of discrimination that’s on par with racism. But we don’t see it. I’m still waiting on pretty boy Chris Hayes from MSNBC to weigh in and talk about how this hateful and bigoted homophobia has unfortunately found its way into the Obama administration and how these new recommendations from the FDA are only paying lip service to the “gay” community.