For 30 years the Food and Drug Administration has banned gay men form donating blood. This policy was put in place because men who have sex with other men are way more likely to be HIV positive than the rest of the population. It wasn’t a discrimination thing; it was to ensure the safety of our nation’s blood supply. But to hell with safety, the Obama administration wants a protected class of people to feel empowered so they lifted the ban, allowing gay men to potentially taint life saving blood reserves.
The United States government on Monday overturned its 30-year ban on blood donations by gay men, saying they can now donate 12 months after their last sexual contact with another man.
How exactly are they going to prove that a gay man has gone at least 12 months without having sex with another man? Gay men are promiscuous and have many, often anonymous, partners. That’s the reason why they have much higher HIV infection rates than normal people. Is the safety of our blood supply really worth risking on the honesty of a gay guy about when the last time he had sex was? I guess to Obama it is.
The reason for the FDA ban is almost as nonsensical:
The Food and Drug Administration said its decision to reverse the policy was based on an examination of the latest science which shows that an indefinite ban is not necessary to prevent transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
“Ultimately, the 12-month deferral window is supported by the best available scientific evidence, at this point in time, relevant to the U.S. population,” said Dr. Peter Marks, deputy director of the FDA’s biologics division.
Huh? This is like when Obama says the “science is settled” on man-made global warming even though he refuses to say what that science is. Basically, the FDA just said, “Trust us. Everything is cool. We used science and shit to come up with this.”
But wait, it gets sillier:
The move brings the United States in line with countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand which also have 12-month deferment (sic) periods.
During Australia’s switch from an indefinite blood donor deferral policy on gay men, essentially a ban, to a 12-month deferral, studies evaluating more than 8 million units of donated blood were performed using a national blood surveillance system, the FDA said.
This is the same excuse a little kid uses when explaining why he did something stupid because his friend did it first. I guess I’ll have to be the stern parent and ask the FDA if Australia jumped off a building would they do it too?
Tucked away in the report is this “insignificant” fact:
The FDA said its policies have helped reduce HIV transmission rates from blood transfusions from 1 in 2,500 to 1 in 1.47 million.
What that means is that since the FDA banned gay men from donating blood they have made the blood supply much safer. If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
You know who else is not allowed to give blood? Intravenous drug users and prostitutes. The reason why is the same as for gay men; because they have much a much higher risk for carrying HIV. It’s not homophobia that caused the FDA to ban gay men, it was caution and commonsense.
I realize that Obama wants to do everything he can to make the LGBT community feel like they aren’t sexually deviant freaks, but we should not gamble on the safety of our blood supply in the name of political correctness.