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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 2005, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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I gave blood today, and found out on the various forms you fill in that gay men cannot give blood. I had read this before (briefly) but didnt take much notice.

I asked the guy taking mine, and he went on for half an hour, he had a gay brother too, apparently. I got a leaflet off him and heres what it says:

We ask gay men not to give blood because gay men, as a group, are known to be at an increased risk of aquiring HIV and a number of other sexually transmitted infections, many of which are carried in the blood.

It is specific behaviours, rather than being gay, which places gay men at increased risk of HIV infection. Safer sex will keep most men free from infection, however, research shows that allowing gay men as a group to donate blood would increase the risk of HIV infected blood entering the blood supply.

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it's the same up in Scotland too. the various restrictions to giving blood are astonishing. it amazes me that they have anyone left to donate to be quite honest

but yeah, to answer the poll, i give blood on a fairly regular basis. last time about 2 weeks ago
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It's the same everywhere in the UK.

I was watching Trisha on Channel 5 last week (probably the only one ) and people in the crowd were shouting at the gay man, saying that it's not allowed for gay men to give blood and stuf like that.

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what amazed me though is Tim Love, some wanker who smokes like a chimney, eats shit all the time, does drugs, is overweight could give it

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The Scottish Blood Transfusion Service is a silly organisation, who refuses blood at the drop of a hat. And then moans about the lack of blood they have

I try to give blood fairly regularly. However, last time I was refused on the grounds that my arm was too blotchy and may risk infection. However, it was not infection it was one of the daily allergic reactions that I get ALL of my life that has been cleared by the doctor. But she flatly refused so I stormed out in a fury.

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When i tried to give blood( i couldn't cos i have a heart murmur) the form said that if you were a gay man and had anal sex you couldn't give blood.Not that if you were a gay man. Has it changed since then?

I'm not gay so it wouldn;t affect me just the heart problem stops me.

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It's the same here in Belgium I think. It's a silly rule. I mean, how can they check your sexuality?
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Does it really matter Surely there's more to worry about than if your gay and unable to give blood. Is !<bloc_party>! gay

And I'm not old enough to give blood but have no plans to when I can. Only for family & friends who really need it
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Statistically they can probably prove that the odds of a gay man being infected with HIV or other STDs is significantly higher than that of a heterosexual man.

But at the same time, I think it could be proven that the odds of a man being infected are much higher than that of a woman.
Or maybe that the odds of blondes (they have more fun, so they say) being infected are considerably greater than that of red-haired or brunettes.

Does that mean we should only let blonde, heterosexual women donate blood? :retard:

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Its the same thing in canada. There is a question on the form that asks if you have ever had sex with a male since a certain year, i think its some time in the 80's.


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Statistically they can probably prove that the odds of a gay man being infected with HIV or other STDs is significantly higher than that of a heterosexual man.

But at the same time, I think it could be proven that the odds of a man being infected are much higher than that of a woman.
Or maybe that the odds of blondes (they have more fun, so they say) being infected are considerably greater than that of red-haired or brunettes.

Does that mean we should only let blonde, heterosexual women donate blood? :retard:
Good point Another girl gave today and she's known as the biggest bike in the sixth form And she gives blow jobs to someone every weekend What about them? Or the hetero man whores?

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I've given blood before but refuse to now because of the discrimination against homosexual men which I think is uncalled for.

I think it's ridiculous - if you're involved in low risk activities and have a clean bill of health there's no reason why you shouldn't give blood.

I get very irritated now when they complain that blood stores are low, it's their own fault .
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