I am permanently disqualified from giving blood because I served in US Army/Germany for a period of time exceeding 6 months from 1980 to 1990.
Travel RestrictionsThere are some specific conditions and activities that may prevent a potential donor from being eligible to donate. One reason is travel to areas where illnesses are or have been prevalent. Though most travelers will not become ill, there is a period of time where a traveler may be infected, but not display symptoms. To ensure the health of blood recipients, travelers are deferred from donating until the window where symptoms may appear has passed. See the table below for specific countries of interest.
|Belgium, Netherlands (Holland) or Germany from January 1980 - December 1990 for a cumulative time of 6 months or more OR from January 1980 – present for a cumulative time of 5 years or more||Indefinite deferral|
I don't particularly like it, but they have their reasons.
I really don't give a rat's ass that gay males are disqualified from giving blood. They are the highest, most irresponsible risk factor for AIDS transmission.
If just one case of AIDS is transmitted as a result of taking out homosexuality as a risk factor, then what?
You say you're "sorry?"
How does that fix anything?
Memo to the gays: Not EVERYTHING makes you a victim.