Re: The CDC is wrong....would you want my blood?
by vc - Posted Thu August 17, 2006 @ 5:57 PM
I feel bad for you, but thems the breaks. I give blood whenever I can as well, and it makes me feel good to do something for others. (I'm O- too)
Unfortunately, the forms are set up to dismiss certain applicants. IV drug users, people that visit prostitutes, people that go to Africa and other parts of the world, homosexuals, and others. I am in no way saying that being gay is akin to using heroin. I know better, as do most rational Americans.
The CDC is simply trying to weed out potential risks even before they make it to the testing phase. You seem like a responsible person, and I'm sure you have taken steps to ensure your safety. The CDC has chosen to profile gays as a risk. Right or wrong, they have made the decision and I know you are hurt by it. Perhaps you could look into giving plasma and getting paid for it. That blood never makes it into the system for donations and you would still be doing a good thing.