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Did you know... ...You can help! Comment from henderso on 07/05/2013
While I applaud the good work done in working to make the blood supply plentiful, and I by no means wish to show disrespect to the fine local people who do this service and have no hand in setting policies, I do once again have to bring to our attention the fact that the Red Cross practices discrimination against a category of potential donors--men who have had sex with other men. Given advances in screening and recent Supreme Court rulings against creating classes of people discriminated against, I can only feel ambivalent about Ithaca College being willing to host such a drive. My hope is that the American Red Cross, like other national organizations in other countries, will change this policy so that all citizens who wish to donate blood are permitted to, and this kind of outdated profiling becomes a relic of a time period before screening for HIV infection was as good as it is now and when we simply had less knowledge about modes of transmission.