hannah (fernwoodchick) wrote in xknow_ur_enemyx,

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Gay Blood Donations

Today in my school, there was a blood drive. Since there are a large amount of democrats and equal-rights activists, there was also a booth where you sign a petition. The petition was to end a law written in 1973 [?] that said that a man who had sex with a man is not allowed to donate blood. I was absolutely enfuriated to hear that this was a law, and of course signed the petition. I know that they used to call AIDS the "gay disease," but now we know that it has nothing to do with being gay [even though it's still active in the gay community], but rather it comes from the use of infected needles, having unprotected sex with an infected person, etc. So then why on earth would this law still be in effect? Please explain/agree with me, I'm very confused how this could still exist. Thanks! -Hannah
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