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I tried to donate blood and they refused me...because I'm Gay!!!

I took the time after work today to donate blood, they didn't want it because I was gay!!!!. (Now there's one for the lefty's).

I am "High Risk" apparently. I have safe sex, when this country is so low on blood donations I find this astounding! I get tested every 6 months!

Sure...Gay men are more likely to contract HIV/AIDS than hetro-sexuals, but according to a recent study in Africa, as is anyone having sex with a partner with a foreskin.

(P.S....when we donate here in Australia, we don't get paid...we get a piece of chocolate and a coffee...how many people that are sick are going to donate and with medical facilities...surely blood can be screened? )

I went to the red cross blood site for Australia and it stipulates a "12 month "insert bullshit word here" period after male-male sex"....does that mean I can't have sex for 12 months or does it mean they can't use it for 12 months?

Maybe gay men just need to set up a tent outside hospitals so parents can "decide" if they want their blood...I'm sure many would take the risk if their child needed a transfusion.

When were these rules imposed on the generosity of donating? I'm clean...some aren't...sure...just seems stupid to me. A "Breeder" can have unsafe sex as well.

(I'm not waving the colours of the rainbow here, just want clarification)

Does anyone on here know more about the processes?

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It's a scandal, the same thing happens here in Belgium!

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Maybe not because I'm gay, perhaps because the legislate of blood donation is wrong...sorry for the misleading title, but the counter nurse blatently told me I couldn't...which seems wrong even to their stipulations.

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Maybe not because I'm gay, perhaps because the legislate of blood donation is wrong...sorry for the misleading title, but the counter nurse blatently told me I couldn't...which seems wrong even to their stipulations.

I think here it is because you are gay, and you are in a group with extreme risks! (Omg )

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It's a scandal, the same thing happens here in Belgium!
Wowzers, just thought It might have been here...they are happy to take my organs if I die though...go figure

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Wowzers, just thought It might have been here...they are happy to take my organs if I die though...go figure


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I think here it is because you are gay, and you are in a group with extreme risks! (Omg )
That's what I mean...what primative thinking!! It's just sad, tomorrow I'll be making phone-calls.

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The same thing occurs in Canada. The first time I gave bloody I was a little surprised at the line of questioning. This is problematic, I agree. I'm sorry to hear you had to deal with this. One shouldn't have to lie about their sexuality in order to donate blood... especially in a day and age where the samples are tested anyways.
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Do you have to disclose your sexual oriantation to give blood? that seems odd

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Do you have to disclose your sexual oriantation to give blood? that seems odd
In Canada they don't directly ask your sexual orientation, but they do ask if you are a man who has slept with a man in the past 12 months OR if you slept with a man who slept with a man in the past 12 months :retard:

I assume that it's similar in Australia, based on the first post.
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In Canada they don't directly ask your sexual orientation, but they do ask if you are a man who has slept with a man in the past 12 months OR if you slept with a man who slept with a man in the past 12 months :retard:

I assume that it's similar in Australia, based on the first post.
Yes, sure is....you fill out a sheet with questions...I answered them honestly...she said "Your'e Gay...I'm sorry but thank you"....I don't have HIV...have only been with partners and safe the whole way...there are no tick boxes for that though.

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In the US, travel to parts of Africa within the past (???) years itself is a disqualifying factor. So even if she wasn't a Jehovah's Witness, I guess Serena couldn't give blood due to her Cameroon trip.
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Well, I can't donate blood because I'm living with someone with a Hepatitis C- ill or not ill, condoms or not, I just don't qualify. I am now and will be in the dangerous group of people and no one will take my blood and organs. But given the fact how many people got ill from Hepatits C before the modern-day science even knew such an illness exists, who knows what other things we have in our bodies.

So, don't be angry, think anout the people who want a blood without major risks. I wanted so much to sign up to donate my organs if something happens with me but I couldn't. We'll have to find other ways of helping.

This said, I don't try to tell you that it's fair- it's not. If you're sure they are discriminating without any sicentific reason, don't let thing go- fight. I suggest you ask someone of the specific reasons of such a refusal.
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The same thing happened in the UK.

I gave blood and mine was fine, I have the card. What happens if someone starts having sex with men after they've already donated blood that's tested OK, is it technically not allowed then?

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Well, I can't donate blood because I'm living with someone with a Hepatitis C- ill or not ill, condoms or not, I just don't qualify. I am now and will be in the dangerous group of people and no one will take my blood and organs. But given the fact how many people got ill from Hepatits C before the modern-day science even knew such an illness exists, who knows what other things we have in our bodies.

So, don't be angry, think anout the people who want a blood without major risks. I wanted so much to sign up to donate my organs if something happens with me but I couldn't. We'll have to find other ways of helping.

This said, I don't try to tell you that it's fair- it's not. If you're sure they are discriminating without any sicentific reason, don't let thing go- fight. I suggest you ask someone of the specific reasons of such a refusal.
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