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JAMA opinion piece calls for
ending lifetime ban on blood
donation by gay men

Washington Times, by Cheryl Wetzstein

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Gay marriage laws and court rulings against sexual-orientation discrimination are all signs that it’s time for the federal government to change its blood-donor policy for gay and bisexual men, authors said in a commentary released Saturday. The lifetime ban for blood donation by men who have sex with men (MSM) “may be perpetuating outdated homophobic perceptions,” wrote Dr. Eli Y. Adashi of Brown University and scholars I. Glenn Cohen and Jeremy Feigenbaum, both of Harvard Law School, in the July 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Even though well intentioned and guided by a need to

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Their road to extinction continues as our road to Perdition. This is extremely troubling. Homosexuals have come a long way, baby.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jntsrgn, 7/19/2014 11:03:18 AM     (No. 9931542)

This is insane. Political correctness at the expense of public safety. Every physician who takes this stance is violating their Hippocratic oath.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: AGGW, 7/19/2014 11:10:34 AM     (No. 9931559)

In 1984 at the height of the Aids scare, there was a possibility my husband would need blood following a major surgery. I requested that we be allowed to get our own donors. The hospital denied my request citing paper work and the difficulty in changing the procedure. Thankfully, he ended up not needing the blood, but our choice should not have been denied.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: miceal, 7/19/2014 11:10:47 AM     (No. 9931560)

Gays should be allowed to ordinate to other gays. And ONLY other gays. There fixed that HIV/AIDS problem.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: dixonnh, 7/19/2014 11:11:34 AM     (No. 9931562)

As long as they keep it among their own community. I wouldn´t want to receive a blood donation with the HIV virus.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 7/19/2014 11:13:08 AM     (No. 9931568)

Pretty much says it all, from the CDC website:

"Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)a represent approximately 2% of the United States population, yet are the population most severely affected by HIV. In 2010, young gay and bisexual men (aged 13-24 years) accounted for 72% of new HIV infections among all persons aged 13 to 24, and 30% of new infections among all gay and bisexual men. At the end of 2010, an estimated 489,121 (56%) persons living with an HIV diagnosis in the United States were gay and bisexual men, or gay and bisexual men who also inject drugs."

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/gender/msm/facts/index.html

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MamaElephant, 7/19/2014 11:21:24 AM     (No. 9931584)

During my husbands military service, our family lived twice in Germany. Because of this, we are all banned for life from donating blood. I´ve been told it´s because of the increased risk of mad cow disease. I have never known anyone we served with to have mad cow, nor have I even heard of one case among military families. How many gay men don´t have a single person in their lives with HIV? But the Red Cross has no problem rejecting us, while they can´t tell gay men that they´re not suitable donors. This is politics, pure and simple.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 7/19/2014 11:25:41 AM     (No. 9931593)

#3..
let´s also allow this viral blood to go to all members of JAMA subscribers/writers..
and.. barney frank
and.. elton john
and.. every demonrat that supports the lifestyle..
should be LOTS of viral blood around since, according to the MSM and demonrats, about 10-20% of the population is homosexual..
oh.. what´s that this report says??
it´s now back to TWO PERCENT??

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Ribicon, 7/19/2014 11:31:13 AM     (No. 9931604)

More people infected with the AIDS would mean more business for AMA members. It´s not unlike how "Planned Parenthood" does all it can to encourage teenagers to have as much sex as possible, resulting in more unborn babies they can kill and more STDs they can treat in their "women´s health clinics."

And again, AMA was a big backer of Barrycare, so they do not even represent the interests of the majority of physicians.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 7/19/2014 11:32:03 AM     (No. 9931606)

My dad was one of those who died of Hep-C subsequent to a transfusion. 11 years after his death I needed surgery and opted to donate my own blood in advance of the surgery.

I´d do it again today. JAMA opinions be damned...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 7/19/2014 11:58:02 AM     (No. 9931650)

Why, hell yeah, lets just all die of something gross. And quickly, too to satisfy the JAMA, the AMA and the CDC; not to mention the Zero-Population idiots. Gimme a break.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: coldoc, 7/19/2014 12:06:50 PM     (No. 9931662)

Fine. Take it, and discard as medical waste.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JimS, 7/19/2014 12:13:11 PM     (No. 9931673)

I have to wonder...when do you think it was the last time Obama gave blood?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/19/2014 1:03:58 PM     (No. 9931718)

During Baby Boomers´ lifetimes we´ve seen cigarette smoking go from "Four out of five doctors prefer Chesterfield Kings" to being banned in many inhabited places, both in and out of doors. There are purposefully disgusting (if not outright revolting) ads showing the mayhem smoking (or chewing) has wrought on the bodies and lives of the unluckiest or physically weakest nicotine addicts. If smoking ever was cool, it isn´t any more. Its dangers are understood, and they´re obvious. Tens of millions of smokers have voluntarily quit.

Considering the increased morbidity and decreased lifespans of people active in the lifestyle, homosexual activity is, medically speaking, dangerous to health.

It´s also the most politically protected persuasion in modern times, sacrosanct in courts if not state legislatures, in academia if not in church. It makes complete sense that this utterly feckless but fanatical Administration would be burrowing annoyingly into other countries leaders´ ears about LGBT rights as the world around them burned. Better dead than wrong. In time I believe the pendulum, now at its "gay" apex, will swing back. There will be public health reasons for that. And mores (pronounced MOE-rays), as has happened with cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

The JAMA has gotten with the times. They´ve been on this course for at least ten years. But they are making a deadly mistake. Is political correctness and Zeitgeist approval worth that much? Are they that afraid of the Evil Eye?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/19/2014 1:11:24 PM     (No. 9931729)

If our government is unable to slaughter WTP in one way, there is always another. They will search till they find the perfect method.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/19/2014 1:22:14 PM     (No. 9931738)

There have been two large outbreaks of AIDS in North America due to contaminated blood. The first occurred during the initial outbreak of AIDS in the US before the condition could be identified. Many who received regular blood transfusions died. The second was when Arkansas prisons sold blood to a Canadian company that allowed it into the blood supply. Many Canadians got AIDS from the contaminated blood supply. To keep some feelings from being hurt, some liberals would risk a third.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/19/2014 1:23:47 PM     (No. 9931741)

Have we already forgotten our federal govn now controls health care? Gays donating blood will happen whether we like it or not. As far as the govn is concerned, it´s for our own good. If gays can´t change our minds then they´ll change our bodies by forcing their blood upon us. The govn is so invested in lying to us, gay blood is probably already being used in the pipeline.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 7/19/2014 1:34:25 PM     (No. 9931754)

Because, of course, now that gays can marry they´ll discontinue their promiscuous lifestyles in favor of monogamy with that one special person, thereby becoming no more of a risk than the heterosexual population. (Heavy sarcasm)

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Reply 18 - Posted by: OhMy, 7/19/2014 1:42:47 PM     (No. 9931759)

I certainly wouldn´t want any of his blood #12. The problem is more than HIV but all of the organisms that make up gay bowel syndrome. Gay sex acts are by definition unnatural. The cells lining the alimentary canal are fragile and meant for absorption while the cells lining the vagina are squamous cells which are much more rugged to withstand friction. Gay sex is unnatural, it is a biological insanity. The protection should go to others health not gays feelings.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: athina, 7/19/2014 1:44:47 PM     (No. 9931760)

Pretty scary to think that you are relying on someone´s word about whether or not he´s had sex with an HIV positive man, or a man of unknown HIV status, in whatever number of months.... If there is no definitive blood test, then forget it. This is not a gay rights issue, for crying out loud.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/19/2014 1:55:38 PM     (No. 9931773)

Arthur Ashe

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Reply 21 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 7/19/2014 2:59:23 PM     (No. 9931835)

It isn´t a ´homophobic´ (how I hate that word) practice. It is a safety issue. If you travel to certain countries you are not allowed to donate for a set time, not because it is ´xenophobic´, but because it is safer.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: web, 7/19/2014 3:04:37 PM     (No. 9931838)

"...when Arkansas prisons sold blood to a Canadian company that allowed it into the blood supply." That was when B.J. was governor of Arkansas, and the company selling the blood was a FOB (Friend of Bill). B.J. was responsible for aiding the spread of AIDS, and now the Clinton Foundation is a Champion in the fight against it. That´s how leftists operate. They create the crisis, and then become media heros fighting it. Always with lots of public money. AIDS, TB, scabies, and God knows what else coming over the border. Everything has become political, rather than a health issue.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Ronniethek, 7/19/2014 4:10:31 PM     (No. 9931887)

It´s one thing to live and let others live as they wish. I have zero issue with that. But if I am concerned for health reasons not to use blood donated by someone who might have HIV-I would consider that a reasonable fear which should be accommodated. Political correctness could in this case kill.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: velox, 7/19/2014 6:40:37 PM     (No. 9931993)

Back when Aids was first discovered, there were only a handful of people that had it.
Most of them were gay and in San Fran.
The gay bath houses fought to continue in operation and the liberal politics of SF helped them stay open so men could have sex with men. If they had been shutdown and gay men with aids had been quarantined, millions of people would not have died. Aids is a gay disease. In order for a disease to propagate
on average each person that gets it must pass it on to more than one person. There were only two groups that did this. Gays and IV drug users. Gays passed it on average much more than IV drug users, although the know IV drug uses should have been rounded up and quarantined as well.
We had to let liberal politics dictate to the world and the world died.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/20/2014 12:01:49 AM     (No. 9932223)

Remember the boy in FL that got AIDS from a transfusion and later died ?

No thanks JAMA. What an appropriate name for this article.

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