The local news channel here in Cincinnati did a story about a national effort for gay or bisexual men to be able to donate blood. Since 1983, the height of the AIDS scare, any man having sex with another man cannot donate blood. There is currently a national attempt to change the policy. Gay men say there is a test for AIDS and other factors which should allow them to donate. The question for me is would I accept blood from a gay man? My answer is probably not which means the blood would have to be labeled to show it came from a gay man. I have no problem with them donating. However, I need to know the source of any blood going into my body. Others can take their blood if they want. My concern is mistakes can be made in the testing process. I should be able to choose also based on my religious beliefs which may include no gay blood. Please respond with any comments.
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