When did Gay Men become the vampires of America? Apparently 'gay men' are so venomous that even their blood is banned from blood drives regulated by the FDA and conducted by the American Red Cross.
A couple days ago, on my facebook page, a friend alerted me to a post created by a student at The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY), who identifies himself as gay and was excited about being a blood donor at a recently conducted blood drive on his college campus. However, he was denied the opportunity to do some good, to an already blood shortage problem in our society, because he is gay.
|Taken from CDC.GOV|
According the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the FDA, there are many ways HIV can be transmitted; and that it is not just 'gay men' who are at risk. So why would a healthy gay man, such as a college student be turned away at the door to donate blood as opposed to a heterosexual female, male, etc.? Is the CDC / FDA sending the message that if a person identifies as a gay man, society should auto-assume he likely has HIV / AIDS, therefore he can't give blood?
Thank you CDC / FDA for keeping your heads up your asses, continuing to maintain the 'idea' that HIV / AIDS is still the Gay Cancer of our society.
NOW LET'S DO SOME FACT VS. MYTH CHECKING. . . . SO THE FDA IS CLEAR ABOUT WHAT IT HAS PUBLISHED ONLINE VS. THE MESSAGE IT IS SENDING.
ACCORDING TO THE CDC, HIV / AIDS AFFECTS EVERYONE.
The above clearly shows and proves that there are RISKS IN EVERY TYPE OF HUMAN LIFE. So again, I ask, "Why is the FDA solely targeting the gay community?"
|2010 USA HIV / AIDS Progress Report|
|Moving along. . . as if the above is not enough to convince the FDA to change it's outdated, bogus stigma-based policy, I digged a little deeper to find the 2010 HIV/AIDS United States Progress Report submitted to the UN AIDS commission / advisory board.|
Apparently there is very little data available on any statistics in the US!
|Testing Steps according to FDA / American Red Cross|
Moving forward again, with more facts . . . according to the FDA and American Red Cross, each pint(s) of blood donated are thoroughly tested for HIV / AIDS, as well as a number of other blood related complications. According the FDA and American Red Cross, 100% of the blood donated at blood drives are tested with more than a dozen tests to ensure the blood is safe.
The FDA has made it clear. . . their message is divine in hate! Blood is needed but the "gays are no good!
I feel sad for this student who was turned away! I am not sure what to tell you, or how to even approach this fight - but this is why I do this blog. . .
Here is my message to the FDA, CDC, American Red Cross, The White House and anyone else who is part of this blood regulation policy decision making.
"YOU are tossing away good blood by placing a major stigma on gay men! What is this solving? You are adding to already escalating 'gay' bullying issues as well as making it your mission to ensure that the HIV / AIDS blame game stays focused on the gays. Your own facts above state HIV / AIDS is a non discriminatory disease, so why be a hypocrite and discriminate against gay men? Let the college student give blood. . . he wants to save a life! He is just as human as the next!"
Does anyone have any suggestions? No one should be turned away if they are healthy! NO ONE!
I am Daniel, and I am living pozitively. Thank you for following my blog.