What do you all think of the Red Cross being asked not to come to a college because gays feeling uncomfortable?
It appears that they are upset that they are being discriminated against, I believe the Red Cross asks for gay's not to participate in the blood drives. The homosexual individuals went to the college board and quested the Red Cross not be allowed to run the blood drive their because they felt uncomfortable, and the board went along with it...pretty crazy I think. I don't understand why they are uncomfortable though.Originally posted by Andy
Why do Gays feel uncomfortable around the red cross?
Well, first off it isn't the Red Cross policies, it's the Food and Drug Administrations rules. Secondly, if gay's are actively engaging in homosexual sex they are in fact at a much higher risk of carrying HIV, instead of asking if you have had sex with another man, they just exclude gay's altogether.Originally posted by Kerrie
i think that is absolutely ridiculous and ignorant that gay's have been asked not to participate in giving blood...
#1 - the Red Cross is pleading for blood as they claim they are in short supply
#2 - ANYONE, including heterosexual females are at risk of carrying HIV as anyone now
#3 - if I understand it correctly, the Red Cross already screens all blood despite who it comes from...
They like to keep 7 days worth in stock, they have 4.5 days now.Originally posted by damgo
[BThey actually ask "if you are male, have you had sex with another man since 197x?" along with a zillion other questions, like if you've ever snorted coke. (?) The Britain thing is because of Mad Cow. :) It's a bit excessive really; if you are reasonably sure you don't have AIDS but would get excluded because of one of these blanket rules, I see no problem with lying... like Kerrie said there is a chronic blood shortage.[/B]
It's just being extra safe, diseases can get through the screening, so why not have a preliminary screening to root out any uneeded risks? Notice I say RISKS.Originally posted by Kerrie
there are plenty of homosexuals that have non HIV positive blood, it's not like once you become gay you automatically get it...quite honestly, this attitude towards gays turns me off from ever giving blood, and that doesn't help the "shortage" one bit...if proper tests are done to screen for any diseases, then there should be no worries whatsoever...