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  1. May 23, 2003 #1
    What do you all think of the Red Cross being asked not to come to a college because gays feeling uncomfortable?
     
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  3. May 23, 2003 #2
    Why do Gays feel uncomfortable around the red cross?
     
  4. May 23, 2003 #3
    Oh right, yeah, lets call it something different for gays

    I'm all for equality, and have no problems with gay rights but this one is again going too far. Just as I, as a straight guy am happy to live in a society with, and accommodate gays, (goes for other religions and races too), they have to realise that they can't live on a planet designed solely and perfectly for them.
     
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  5. May 23, 2003 #4
    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.
     
  6. May 23, 2003 #5

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    That is vile! Do you have a source?
     
  7. May 23, 2003 #6

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    *double post*
     
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  8. May 23, 2003 #7
    MSNBC reported on it, got the State Rep. of the state on their show and he said it was wrong to do, so it was a legit source. I'm looking for link now.
     
  9. May 23, 2003 #8
    So for fear of spreading AIDS the red cross asked Gays not to participate, i think thats understandable i'm sure alot of people who want blood would not like to have the blood of a gay person being used on them.
     
  10. May 23, 2003 #9
    Actually that policy is required by an FDA regulation that has been in effect since 1985.

    By the way, people who spent more than 6 months in Britain are also banned from donating blood.

    Gotta make sure our blood supply isn't tainted by too much tea.
     
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    Ugh.

    Gay != AIDS carrier
     
  13. May 23, 2003 #12
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    Something against us?
     
  14. May 23, 2003 #13

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    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...
     
  15. May 23, 2003 #14
    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.

    The Red Cross doesn't screen the blood, but they is the second screen, they set up the first to rule out any obvious problems and lighten the load of good blood to be screened. It is just being extra careful, I wouldn't want gay blood, it might be contageous:smile: hehe
     
  16. May 23, 2003 #15
    They 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.
     
  17. May 23, 2003 #16
    They like to keep 7 days worth in stock, they have 4.5 days now.

    Isn't it funny they put a date on? Does AIDS wear off in so many years, or did you just not get it before 197X?:smile:
     
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  18. May 23, 2003 #17

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    It didn't exist before 197X
     
  19. May 23, 2003 #18

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    I'm a regular blood doner myself, and the questionaire has always asked those questions about HIV. It is no more descriminatory than the questions about mad cow disease. I took a mission trip to west Africa, and was unable to donate for 1yr afterward because the trip placed me at a high risk for malaria. I did not protest that I was being descriminated against.

    Perhaps I should have picketed the Red Cross in my area for penalising me for my religious practices!

    If you are in a high-risk group for carrying a blood-transmitted disease, you will be discriminated against by the Red Cross. And you should be. Political correctness and hurt feelings are not as important as human lives.
     
  20. May 23, 2003 #19

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    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...
     
  21. May 25, 2003 #20
    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.

    Also, Damgo said that they ask if you have had sex with a man, not necessarily "ARE YOU GAY?".

    I suppose if you want to give blood, or if you ever gave blood, is your own decision, but I don't see the point in not giving blood because the FDA has told the Red Cross what to put on their screening surveys.
     
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