Nathan Schaefer, director of public policy for GMHC, and Mark Skinner, president of the World Federation of Hemophilia, discuss advocacy efforts to revise blood donation guidelines for gay men.
Kim: When HIV is spread sexually, it's in the semen. That's not an issue with lesbians.
To clarify: There isn't a blood screening test to prove that I am not a carrier of "mad cow" disease, just b/c I ate meat in Germany in the 80s.
Is there anything current blood donors can do to support changing the policy?
I am not a gay man, but I am not allowed to donate blood either. I lived in Germany in the 80s and I am no longer allowed to donate b/c of "mad cow" disease.
Why are lesbians not ever mentioned in these discussions?
what's the big deal?
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