Sunday, August 26, 2012

The FDA Has Balls, I'll Give Them That Much

If you're clean and you know it
Lie to the FDA.
If you're clean and you know it
Lie to the FDA.
If you're clean and you know it
And you really want to donate
If you're clean and you know it
Lie to the FDA.
-An anonymous comment on a news article regarding the FDA's decision to stop allowing sperm donations from gays

Okay, I'm going to do this again. I'm starting an entry with a disclaimer. I do not condone/support/recommend/advise/etc anyone to lie on the health eligibility questionnaires.

That said, some parts of them are there to keep people safe, and other parts are there as disguised discrimination.

The FDA is talking (I don't know how certain it is or if it's done and decided) about not letting gays donate sperm. This isn't a big deal for me, but it's a revisit on the blood donation decision. Now, I know there's a period of time when the donor can be a carrier without the test working, but that's only a year.

For (and yes, they really have a rule) women who sleep with men who sleep with men, it's a one year deferral. That allows for the clearance period for the tests not to show a false negative. So there's no reason to defer men permanently.

Especially for two reasons:

One, blood donations are at a very low point right now. I don't know the numbers well enough to say it's a record low, but being in the business for a few years leads me to feel it's at least tragically low.

Two, gays are not the demographic with the greatest risk for AIDS and HIV. African Americans are. But of course, they can't ban African Americans from donating, that would be discrimination! Banning gays from donating isn't discrimination, is it?

Isn't it?

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