From Fox News: [Noted scientist and Medical Doctor] “Sen. John Kerry called on the government Thursday to abolish a “discrimi natory” law that bars homosexual men in the U.S. from donating blood, saying “not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban.”
Wrong, Lurch, the tests aren’t 100% accurate! A site called “The Body: The complete HIV/AIDS resource” says this: “Antibody test results for HIV are accurate more than 99.5% of the time.” How many people want to take a chance of killing themselves 1/2 times out of a hundred? To illustrate, come play Russian Roulette with my .357 magnum. I’ll only put a bullet in the cylinder once every 33 spins. 6 possible chambers each time you pull the trigger. 6 x 33 roughly equals 200. So you would have “only” a 1 out of 200 chance of killing yourself. Anybody want to try it? Go ahead, punk, make my day! I’ll even video-tape it and make you a posthumous star on “Youtube.”
John Doe has met a woman who was falsely told that she had tested positive for AIDS, and a man who developed AIDS after having been given a blood transfusion containing HIV. Anecdotal evidence, I know, but who has not heard horror stories of botched medical tests?
The same site (“The Body”) also claims that it can take 3-6 months
before the body has produced enough antibodies to effectively show up on an HIV/AIDS test. In other words, the carrier might donate blood before it is possible to detect that he/she is infected. But their blood in turn could still kill somebody.
An honest homosexual will realize that his own destructive lifestyle should disqualify him from giving blood. Here is an excellent article, written by a self-professed homosexual male, that points out the dangers of allowing homosexual males to donate blood.
Most (many? whatever) homosexuals are not monogamous. Even if they are, chances are their partners aren’t. And the one being cheated likely won’t know it. When you have sex with someone, you are having sex not just with them, but with everyone with whom that person has had sex, and everyone with whom that other person has had sex, etc. ad infinitum. Homosexuals often have had many partners. There is a reason why the rate of HIV/AIDS and other S.T.D.s are much higher in the homosexual community.
Instead of lowering our standards for our blood supply because of political correctness run-amok, or to pander to the homosexual lobby, or to prevent them from feeling discriminated against, we should be reasoning with those who engage in such behavior, imploring them to not donate blood. Sure, they could go donate, with an “I’ll show you” attitude. Easy. Just lie about it. Virginia Blood Service is always calling me (literally 3-4 times per week when my time is up). But remember, your blood might kill somebody. I’m assuming most people do not want to harm others, especially by giving them a death sentence.
UPDATE 4/5/10: As any good poker player should know, my statistical analysis above about the 1 bullet in the chamber once every 33 times does not equate to a .05% chance of getting killed. Your chances would be zero percent every time that no bullet was in the gun, but they would be 1 in 6, or roughly 17%, the one time that the bullet would be in the gun. I guess a better analogy would be to play Russian Roulette with 200 single shot pistols, only one of which was loaded.