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Should the American Red Cross lift their ban on gay men blood donors?

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Poll Results: 1,970 votes
53%
Yes, it is a discriminatory ban.
 
31%
No, it's being cautious of an at-risk group.
 
13%
I'm not sure.
 
2%
Other.
 


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Natasha Salgado
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 9:50 AM


Yes

Panchali Yapa
Sunday March 1, 2015, 11:18 AM


Thank you

M.N. J.
Friday February 27, 2015, 9:10 PM


They should be screening donated blood anyway, as many have commented.

However, blood can test negative for HIV even though the donor has recently been infected. This is what the Red Cross is worried about--the undetectable infected and infectious blood.

But as we know, straight people can also be infected with HIV, as well as other things that make blood donation unacceptable.

There is more risk that blood will be infected by Chagas disease if the donor is from Mexico, for example, but the Red Cross is making a concerted effort to recruit Latino donors due to that population having a higher incidence of type O blood.

Sjors S.
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 11:05 AM


Of course...the Red Cross literally has blood on their hands if they refuse to accept perfectly helpful donations that may save the lives of others!

Janis K.
Sunday February 22, 2015, 3:02 PM


Yes

Janis K.
Sunday February 22, 2015, 3:02 PM


Yes

Janis K.
Sunday February 22, 2015, 3:02 PM


Yes

Janis K.
Sunday February 22, 2015, 3:02 PM


Yes

Janis K.
Sunday February 22, 2015, 3:02 PM


Yes

Janis K.
Sunday February 22, 2015, 3:02 PM


Yes



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