"The rules are really discriminatory and arcane," said Kent Burbank, executive director of Wingspan, southern Arizona's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center.
"We shouldn't be making those assumptions based on identity. It should be based on sexual history," he said.
"What is happening is they're not giving people the option of taking organs from HIV negative men, and they're excluding organs that could be safe," said Joel Ginsberg, executive director of San Francisco's Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.
The Red Cross which follows similar policies, was branded as "homophobic" and "discriminatory" by Harvard's Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Supporters Alliance.
The current restrictions prohibit men who have engaged in homosexual activity since 1977 from donating blood. The purpose is to ensure the nation's blood supplies are not tainted from AIDS infected blood. Some have called the rule discriminatory because it only targets homosexual men. That makes good sense, especially since homosexual men consistently have the highest rates of AIDS infections and engage in risky sexual behavior at a greater frequency than other groups.
Exposure Category Estimated # of AIDS Cases, Through 2003It makes perfectly safe sense to profile and screen homosexual men based on that fact alone. Imagine what could happen if infected blood were to get into the supply system? The severe crisis would push the already needy system over the edge for who knows how long. Its amazing how selfish and narrow minded some of these gay activists are whose only concern is discrimination. Sometimes, discrimination is for the greater good. This is one of those instances. Although the policy's foundation is an issue of public safety --not gay rights-- some fail to see this and would put everyone at risk for the sake of "rights". They champion safe sex, why not safe blood?
Male Female Total
Male-to-male sexual contact 440,887 - 440,887
Injection Drug Use 175,988 70,558 246,546
Male-to-male sexual contact and injection drug use 62,418 - 62,418
Heterosexual contact 56,403 93,586 149,989
Other* 14,191 6,535 20,726
* Includes hemophilia, blood transfusion, perinatal, and risk not reported or not identified.
If they researched like this gay activist did, they discover the truth and solid reasoning behind the CDC's guidelines.