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Should Gay Men Be Allowed To Donate Blood

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Gay Men's Health Crisis

Should Gay Men Be Allowed to Donate Blood?

When the Red Cross arrived at the Library of Congress in 1998 for its annual blood donation drive, gay library employee Charles McMoore registered, then rolled up his sleeve to perform what he felt was a civic duty. As he sat before the nurse who... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: Gay Men Could Soon Be Allowed to Donate Blood

Canada could be the next country to relax its absolute ban on blood donations from any man who has had sex with another man since 1977, a move that may gain momentum following the United Kingdom's recent policy shift on MSM blood donors. The United... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Should Low-Risk Gay Men Be Allowed to Donate Blood?

The United States' current lifetime ban on blood donations by sexually active gay men will be the subject of an online discussion with medical writer Laura Unger of the Louisville Courier-Journal on April 18 at noon. The nation's ongoing shortage of... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Ban on Gays Donating Blood

Dr. Bob,I was just reading about a new push to remove gays from the ban on blood donation. This was strange to read, because my friend and I had just been debating this issue. I was telling him how I was turned away from donating in 2000, because...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The ban has absolutely no scientific or even common sense basis. See below.Dr. BobThe Issue of Blood donation!!!! (BLOOD DONATION) Feb 9, 2008Hi Dr. Bob,I don`t understand why they do not allow gay men to donate blood. I mean isn`t there just as... Read more »

The Issue of Blood donation!!!! (BLOOD DONATION)

Hi Dr. Bob,I don`t understand why they do not allow gay men to donate blood. I mean isn`t there just as much chance that a straight person has HIV. And how does the donation process work anyhow?? After blood is donated they can;t use it right...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I've written about this unwarranted and unjustifiable policy many times over the years. (Check the archives.) There is absolutely no medical or scientific rational to justify it. Once our science-phobic, common-sense challenged current... Read more »

Corneas, organs or tissue donation and gay men

1. Should negative HIV gay men not sign an organ donor card inaccordance with FDA and CDC guidelines for organ donation? 2. Howabout corneas where there are no white blood cells? 3. How aboutanother gay man with HIV who needs an organ or tissue?...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
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... Read more »

Blood Donation? (BLOOD DONATION)

Dear Dr. Bob:First, I want to comment on the recent post about you being an inconsiderate fraud. That person, truly does owe you a major apology. You're one of the nicest people via the internet, that I've ever met. You deserve a grammy...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Vampire,A Grammy Award??? Would that be in the new "Cyber Sexpert" category?As for blood donations, the policy banning anyone who has had man-to-man sex makes no sense medically or scientifically. (See below.)I would advise you merely... Read more »
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NEW PERSONALS & SOCIAL COMMUNITY FOR GAY/BI MEN - SETUP BY A POZ GAY MAN!

Posted by thedingoman
I have setup a brand new community for POZ MEN on the Internet. This is not a for profit site. I run it myself and there will never be any charge to anyone within the new POZQUEERS COMMUNITY I have opened.

I myself am HIV+ and over the years have... Read more »

Blood Donation Question

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi, Everyone. I recently had a somewhat high-risk exposure. I'm a gay male and I was having insertive anal sex (I was the "top" or "insertive" partner). well, at some point the condom broke. i was very worried. I had just tested and so I knew I was... Read more »

gays can give blood long they are neg after expose

Posted by nomoreworry4me
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... Read more »

Poz Gay, Hiv Positive Gay Men Find gay with hiv at PozGays.com

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Over 20% gay and bisexual men are living with hiv positive in the U.S. alone. Are you one of them? If you are HIV Gay or Gay men with herpes it can make you feel like you are all alone in the world. Do you wish there was a place where you didn't... Read more »