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Time to Revise Blood Donation Rules?

Monday, August 02, 2010

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.

Guests:

Nathan Schaefer and Mark Skinner

Comments [6]

Amy from Manhattan

Kim: When HIV is spread sexually, it's in the semen. That's not an issue with lesbians.

Aug. 02 2010 11:43 AM
downtown

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.

Aug. 02 2010 11:43 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Is there anything current blood donors can do to support changing the policy?

Aug. 02 2010 11:41 AM
downtown

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.

Aug. 02 2010 11:40 AM
Kim from Brooklyn

Why are lesbians not ever mentioned in these discussions?

Aug. 02 2010 11:38 AM

what's the big deal?

Aug. 02 2010 11:35 AM

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