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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Groups Urge FDA to Review Policy That Bans MSM From Donating Blood

The American Red Cross and other organizations that collect donated blood are urging FDA to review a policy in effect since the early 1980s that prohibits men who have sex with men -- regardless of sexual activity, safer-sex practices or HIV... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

FDA Approves New HIV Blood Test That Screens Blood, Tissue Donations For Less Common Strains

FDA last week approved a new HIV test manufactured by a Roche subsidiary that screens for two less common forms of the virus in the U.S., in addition to the most common forms of HIV and hepatitis, the AP/ Miami Herald reports. The test is... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Blood Donation Ban for MSM Should End Because Need for Donations "Too Great," Opinion Piece Says

FDA 's ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men is a "shame" because the need for such donations in the Philadelphia area "far exceeds" what the regional American Red Cross is "able to collect," columnist Ronnie Polaneczky writes in a ... Read more »
Ask the Experts

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 »

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 »

HIV screening for donating blood (BLOOD DONATION, FALSE POSITIVE TEST 2009)

Dr. Bob, My sister recently tried to donate blood and was denied. She recieved a letter stating that she was HIV positive. How accurate are the tests that the Red Cross performs? She is getting an HIV test but I would like to know what the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The purpose of HIV screening at blood donation sites is to protect the blood supply, not to diagnose HIV disease. The tests run at blood donation centers are very sensitive so that they won't miss any true infections. In the process they... Read more »

down under msm can gave blood (BLOOD DONATION)

Sexual activity - Is there any kind of sexual activity that will affect my ability to donate blood?If you have any reason to believe you may have acquired an infection through unprotected sex, you should not donate. Safe sex practices are vital to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I combined your two posts. Obviously Australia has a much more logical and scientifically sound policy than the U.S. But even the Australian policy has room for improvement. For instance, with today's testing methodology, a twelve-month... Read more »
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Red Cross Donate Blood

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I donated blood about 3.5 weeks ago NOT TO GET AN HIV TEST. I answered truthfully and for heterosexual men I guess they don't care much because I was able to answer 100% truthfully. So don't get upset at me please!

But my question was that I had... Read more »

donating blood

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does the Red Cross notify people if their blood test + for HIV or hepatitis?

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Blood donation

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have a question, although i dont think i have HIV i donated blood 2 weeks ago. If they found hiv or another disease in my blood would they have notified me by now? Thanks.

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Support Group/Anyone else?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi---I am a single 38 yr old hetersexual female that was diagnosed to be HIV positive in July 2004. I went to donate blood and found out! I started meds in Dec. 2004--so am glad I found out before I got sick. I would like to know of any support... Read more »