Better Blood

[ By on December 19, 2014 ]

The website for The New York Blood Center states that a man who has sex with another man cannot donate blood, even if it was “only once”. The site also claims in the same ambiguous manner that a person cannot donate blood if they have traveled to certain countries. This was the case for my mother, who was born and raised in Tanzania, and turned away from donating blood. The basis behind these restrictions is to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS , and some other permanent reasons for ineligibility for donating are: using illegal drugs, testing positive for HIV, prostitution, and cancer. Being gay or African are on a list along illegal activities and deadly diseases. These restrictions are discriminatory and seem to support homophobic and racist stereotypes. Even if the health benefits of this choice are true, that is protects the general population from HIV/AIDS, is it moral to implement these regulations? Is it right to be cautious or is it right to stop ”furthering these stereotypes of hate and fear of difference”, as stated by Therese Okraku in her own blog.



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One Comment on “Better Blood”

  1. meraven

    Kelley Nicholson-Flynn

    [ December 26, 2014 at 10:33 pm ]


    Have you seen this? (

    Interesting to see how it has changed…but celibate? I appreciate your framing of the dilemma above.

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