We are finally MAKING PROGRESS!
And it’s all thanks to the flu!
Responding to a blood shortage sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration eased restrictions Thursday on allowing gay and bisexual men, sex workers, drug users and people with tattoos and piercings to donate blood.
Until the pandemic ends, the FDA greenlit blood donations from male donors, provided they say they haven’t had sex with another man in the last three months. That’s a change from the previous policy, which held blood donation sites shouldn’t accept blood from a man who has had sex with another man within the last year.
People of other genders who have had sex with a man who has had sex with another man will also be allowed to give blood if that activity happened outside of the last three months.
For all we know, The Gay could also be spread through blood transfusions.
In a major reversal, the FDA also changed its rules regarding donations from sex workers and drug users. People who admitted exchanging sex for money or drugs or using intravenous nonprescription drugs used to be banned outright from donating. Now they can donate blood provided they didn’t engage in that activity within the last three months.
The rules were also scaled back from 12 months to three months for people who got tattoos or piercings — but they are eligible to donate immediately, as they had been under the old policy, if the tattoo was done by a state-regulated entity with sterile needles and non-reused ink and unless the piercing was done using single-use equipment.
The ban was scaled back from 12 to three months for people who had completed treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea or had a blood transfusion.
Bans were similarly scaled back for people who have a history of sexual activity with someone who had a positive test for HIV, ever exchanged sex for money or drugs, or ever engaged in nonprescription injection drug use.
It would be nice if they’d let the people receiving the blood donation know about its origin.
Perhaps if people knew that the blood they’re about to be injected with comes from drug addicts, whores, people who recently had sexually transmitted infections, homosexuals, and people with body mutilations piercings and tattoos, they would think twice before accepting it.