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Should Gays 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 »

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 »

Costa Rica Lifts Ban on Gay Blood

Costa Rica Lifts Ban on Gay Blood Donations August 13, 2007 by Dylan Vox Los Angeles, CA - The United States is still under the antiquated rule that gay men are not allowed to donate blood because of the risk of spreading infectious disease. This...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Thanks! Unfortunately there is not much hope the U.S. will follow suit until King George the "W" ends his Reign of Error.Dr. Bob... Read more »
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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 »

blood donation got awry

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I donated blood for the first time a couple of months ago during a blood drive. Once, they got my blood, they placed a piece of cotton on the hole of the arm that they used to get it. Later on, a nurse came and removed the cotton. She then placed... Read more »

blood donation

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I donated blood for the first time a couple of months ago during a blood drive. Once, they got my blood, they placed a piece of cotton on the hole of the arm that they used to get it. Later on, a nurse came and removed the cotton. She then placed... Read more »