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Gay Men Banned From Participating in Covid-19 Plasma Trial

Gay and bisexual men in the UK have been told they cannot donate their plasma to a trial hoping to provide a treatment for Covid-19.

Via itv.com:

Doctors at London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital are aiming to use the plasma from recovered coronavirus patients to treat others with the disease.

It is hoped that the possible treatment, known as convalescent plasma, will help Covid-19 patients whose bodies are not producing enough antibodies to fight the disease.

But any man who has had sex with another man within the past three months is excluded from donating their plasma, in line with the current rules for donating blood.

Those guidelines explain that “men who have sex with men are at an increased risk of acquiring certain infections through sex”, which could be passed on during a transfusion

The guidelines around donating blood are set by the Department of Health on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs. Under the current guidelines, men must wait three months after having oral or anal sex with another man.

A spokesperson for the upcoming COVID-19 trial stated  : “The guidelines are there to protect the health of the donor and the recipient.

Laura Russell, Director of Policy at UK Stonewall, said: “It’s really upsetting that gay and bi men who want to help in the fight against coronavirus are being prevented from doing so. The decision on whether people should be able to give blood or plasma should be based on individual risk assessments, not on people’s sexual orientation.”

Homo Sat What? – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Votes To Keep Ban On Gay Blood

The brillant minds on the advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has narrowly voted to KEEP the ban on blood donations from homosexual men. The vote was 7-6 to maintain the ban. Under the FDA’s rules, men cannot give blood if they have had sex with another man at least once since 1977.  They were considering changing the blood donation rule to ban only men who had had sex with another man within the past five years. The rule came into force originally in 1985 to protect the blood supply from HIV.

So the FDA will keep this discriminatory, stigmatizing and outdated rule while it allows other high risk groups such as prostitutes, intravenous drug users, and promiscuous heterosexuals have to wait only one year from their last high risk encounter.

So any whore who tricks with hundreds of diseased heterosexual men can give blood, but gay men, who have been tested and are monogamous, can’t.


Iceland anyone?

It’s Time For The Discriminatory Gay Blood Donor Ban To END!

Recently in the United Kingdom Dij Bentley’s mother died last August from acute myeloid leukemia. Prior to her death, she developed an infection that required a blood transfusion.  Family and friends were asked to donate blood in hopes they would be a match. Wanting to help his dying mother, Mr. Bentley tried to donate blood but was turned down because he is gay even though his mother acknowledging in a waiver that she was aware of the risks. Denied the transfusion she died ten days later from an infection.

On the subject, Mr. Bentley stated:

“My eyes have been opened to this since my mum died. Maybe gay men do have a right to give blood if they want to. Certainly for me, who was in a monogamous relationship, I think it would have been acceptable in these circumstances.”

Here in the United States, since 1985, gay men have not been able to legally donate blood  This policy was instituted by our government in the earliest, most fearful days of the AIDS epidemic. When so little was known about the disease, reactionary officials instituted the ban as a way to ensure the nation’s blood supply would remain ‘clean.’

In the past 25 years due to education and modern science, we now know much more about the spread of HIV than we did in 1985. Truly, this ban is unnecessary and outdated. Donated blood is screened thoroughly between the time it is donated and when it is used for medical procedures. Technology easily helps us catch any tainted blood before it can be given to someone in need.  But also the demographical statistic’s have changed of people who are living with AIDS in America and as of this time there is no longer any specific scientific or logical reason to ban gay blood donors. Even the three major U.S. blood donation agencies, the American Red Cross, the American Association for Blood Banks, and America’s Blood Centers have found that the lifetime blood donation ban on men who have had sex with men is medically and scientifically unwarranted.”

Logically now the ban makes no sense.  In the most recent data available African American and Hispanic communities have been disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS in America. Despite their smaller share of the general population, more African American people have been diagnosed with AIDS than white people, and they are far more likely to be diagnosed with HIV and AIDS. During 2007, 50% of all new HIV diagnoses and 42% of new AIDS diagnoses were in African Americans yet which comprise around 13% of the population.  Also the CDC estimates that currently 44 percent people of Americans living with AIDS in the United States as of this time are African American.  But there is no ban om African Americans giving blood and there never will be.

Banning gay men from donating blood is not preventing HIV transmission, it’s just fostering stigmatization, discrimination and stupidity. And this comes at a time when blood supplies continue to dip to dangerously low levels.

Italy and Spain have intelligently replaced their bans on gay blood donation with a ban on anyone gay or straight who has unsafe sex.  Even Russia has repealed a six-year ban on gay blood donors. And it is now time that other countries, specifically the United States and the United Kingdom follow suit.  Not only for equality but for the greater good of public health.