[News] Man says he was rejected by blood bank for seeming gay

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  1. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Well, I guess all you have to do is look it and you're done for (I know that feeling)....

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/man-says-rejected-blood-bank-seeming-gay-151627659.html

     
  2. MadeTheSwitch macrumors 6502a

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    I hate actions like this that are only an illusion of safety. It's stupid to screen out gay people, and even dumber to screen out someone who "looks" gay. Not all gay people have HIV, and all straight people aren't necessarily free of it either. It's dumb to stereotype. They could be turning away clean blood from gays and accepting tainted blood from a straight person. Not to mention this kind of screening is on the honor system. Anyone can lie about their sexuality or drug use. Dumb.

    But it seems to be what a lot of humans do best....smoke and mirrors. Make people think you are doing something when you really aren't. Like all those half-hearted bag searches at Amusement Parks and concerts. Anyone could slip anything in if they really wanted to.
     
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    Has anyone thought "WTF, they ban profiling for airline bombers, but not blood donors?"

    How nuts is that?
     
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    [​IMG]

    He's not effeminate, he's British!
    But there is that restriction on those spending quite a bit of time in the U.K. (mad cow).
     
  6. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    WOW that's beyond wrong on so many levels. First of all gays should not be banned for donating blood. Second of all they stereotyped him to be gay just because he's effeminate and he's not even gay. Just wow.
     
  7. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

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    My blood is loaded up full of Warfarin; will they accept it? :D
     
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    I would think that would depend on your level of effeminate behavior and the fact that Warfarin was used as a pesticide to kill rats and mice.
    KGB :D
     
  9. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Warfarin is also used to prevent blood clots, as is Coumadin.

    Maybe if we give your blood to haemophiliacs, we can "kill" two birds with one stone. :rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  10. Andeavor macrumors 6502

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    I recently read they are running low on blood reserves in Switzerland. Due to the increasing criteria that prevents people from donating blood the reserves have been significantly lower. However, they upped the cut-off age from 65 to 75.
     
  11. IntelliUser macrumors 6502

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    Ok so why don't they ban everyone save for white female virgins from donating blood, just to be sure?
     
  12. Andeavor macrumors 6502

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    Homophobia is more acceptable than racism.
     
  13. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    and sexism is even more accepted.
     
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    Give me a break. The man didn't lose a job over this. Somebody made a bad decision, it happens. Life isn't 100% fair all the time because people aren't perfect. U want to sue a blood bank for crying out loud.
     
  16. CaoCao macrumors 6502a

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    This is simply stupid, "because he seemed gay"? Their gaydar is fail and AIDS
     
  17. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Silly question. Because they are too young to give consent. :p
     
  18. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    So if they said the guy couldn't give blood because he's black and black people have a higher percentage of HIV infection than whites, that would be ok? Would it be worth suing a blood bank for that?
     
  19. CaoCao macrumors 6502a

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    Is the prevalence rate anywhere near 1/5? The reason this rule was put in place was because homosexuals donating blood contaminated the blood supply leading to many hemophiliacs getting HIV.

    That said we have far better screening so this rule isn't necessary.
     
  20. IntelliUser macrumors 6502

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    Since African Americans make up about 47% of the total HIV-positive population and more than half of new HIV cases, wouldn't it make sense to ban them from donating too, going by that logic?
     
  21. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    That's not what happened. It's apples and oranges. There is a rule against gay peOple giving blood, it's in place to protect people. If u think it's a bad rule, fine. That's another argument. Someone made a mistake. Do we really need to sue a company that's doing a good thing, saving lives, because of a mistake by one or two people. Do we have to sue over everything or can we just say sorry and move On?
     
  22. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    The rule is based on the honor system, I'm sure lots of gay people donate blood anyway. You don't think there is anything discriminatory about the person taking it into their own hands to decide if a potential blood donor is gay or not? Are they even allowed to ask you if you're gay?
     
  23. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    yeah the rules are insane. I would support what Red crosses policy change would be which would be an improvement. MSM would put a 1 year ban which is more than it is needed but a lot better than the life time ban. We can detected it in much lower time span from infection.

    It needs a massive over haul.
     
  24. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    perhaps with the attention this is getting, and the ridiculousness of the rules, this might help change the policy. and it wasn't even applied appropriately.

    by the same token, this man didn't break any rules, and was just trying to help save lives too, by donating his blood. why should he be turned away for profiling? stereotypes are not a measure of who can and who can not help others imo.
     

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