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nomoreworry4me
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gays can give blood long they are neg after expose
      12/29/07 06:25 PM

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question. Actually, this is an extremely controversial issue.

If you look at CDC and FDA guidelines, a man who has had sex with another man (since 1977) is excluded from donating blood, organs, and tissues. This is to exclude any possibility of the transmission of HIV, Hepatitis B, and other bloodborne diseases. The rates of HIV and Hepatitis B are higher among Gay men (men having sex with other men), than the overall population.

Where it starts getting controversial, is that not all Gay men are at risk for these diseases. If a Gay man has been tested for HIV and Hepatitis B, and tests negative 6 months or more after his last possible exposure to these viruses, this would then indicate that he is not infected. And if a Gay man has been vaccinated against Hepatitis B, he is not at risk for Hepatitis B. Despite this, the guidelines say that men who have had sex with other men (even one time) since 1977, are excluded from donating. It was in 1977 that HIV had most likely entered the United States.


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