Gay Men are Banned from Giving Blood, So Should Black People Be Banned as Well?
A peculiar law stands in the way of thousands of potential blood donors. Over 50,000 gay men are rejected because they gay community is high risk for HIV/AIDS.
The black community is also at high risk with 57% of new cases affecting blacks, however there is no restriction on black blood donors. The same is true for the heterosexual community. As of 1977 the Food and Drug Administration thought it prudent to add a question during the screening. Blood banks had to begin asking men if they had ever had s*x with another man. If so, they were then labeled MSMs, or men who have s*x with men.
Men who have s*x with men make up around half of the 1.2 million AIDS cases in America, but that is because of s****l decisions, not their s****l orientation. Adam Denny is directly affected by this law, and by the perception of some bible belters who believe that AIDS is a gay disease. “We wanted them to understand that is not the case. We are banned based on an outdated policy. When people questioned us, I told them about how I always heard that people who donate blood are heroes. Gay men want to be heroes, too.”
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