Donate blood!

There’s a blood drive in Fayerweather next week! Set up an appointment to donate by e-mailing wesleyanblooddrive@yahoo.com. I have some really long convoluted personal story about why I feel morally obligated to give blood, but it’s pretty boring, and if you’re type O you’ve probably been bugged enough about donating anyways. So yeah. Give blood.

Yours truly,
Type A.

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38 thoughts on “Donate blood!

  1. Anonymous

    There’s also an age difference. Gay males in their 20s from the early 90s are FAR more likely to have HIV then a 20 year old gay male now. The time in which young Gay males are likely to have aids has been over for a long time

  2. Anonymous

    There’s also an age difference. Gay males in their 20s from the early 90s are FAR more likely to have HIV then a 20 year old gay male now. The time in which young Gay males are likely to have aids has been over for a long time

  3. Anonymous

    but if you have taken it five months after you last had sex with a man who’s had sex with a man? surely? we’re not looking for 100% no possibility here, we’re looking for safe probabilities.

  4. Anonymous

    but if you have taken it five months after you last had sex with a man who’s had sex with a man? surely? we’re not looking for 100% no possibility here, we’re looking for safe probabilities.

  5. Anonymous

    no, because if you contracted hiv last night it wouldnt show up on tests until next march or something like that.

  6. Anonymous

    no, because if you contracted hiv last night it wouldnt show up on tests until next march or something like that.

  7. Anonymous

    but surely if you have a certificate saying you were tested on such-and-such a date five months ago, that should be taken into consideration?

  8. Anonymous

    but surely if you have a certificate saying you were tested on such-and-such a date five months ago, that should be taken into consideration?

  9. Anonymous

    hiv takes several months to show up on tests, so being tested doesn’t necessrily mean your negative. that’s why they can’t just test everyone and let hiv negative people donate.

  10. Anonymous

    hiv takes several months to show up on tests, so being tested doesn’t necessrily mean your negative. that’s why they can’t just test everyone and let hiv negative people donate.

  11. Anonymous

    Why do we even bother? Who cares, isn’t it my blood anyway? Why shoud I share it?We should sue the Red Cross for trying to interfere with life and death situations. Damn good samaritans!

  12. Anonymous

    Why do we even bother? Who cares, isn’t it my blood anyway? Why shoud I share it?

    We should sue the Red Cross for trying to interfere with life and death situations. Damn good samaritans!

  13. Anonymous

    you also can’t give blood if you’ve lived more than three months in the UK between 1980 and 1996 – or for five years in most of Europe between 1980 and now..I think all these restrictions should be more clearly advertised (or even just the fact that there are so many restrictions) on the posters and in the campaigns that try so hard to make one feel guilty about not donating blood..

  14. Anonymous

    you also can’t give blood if you’ve lived more than three months in the UK between 1980 and 1996 – or for five years in most of Europe between 1980 and now..
    I think all these restrictions should be more clearly advertised (or even just the fact that there are so many restrictions) on the posters and in the campaigns that try so hard to make one feel guilty about not donating blood..

  15. Anonymous

    If you’re a woman, you also can’t give blood if you’ve had sex with a man who has had sex with a man (which ruled me out). According to my dad, who is an epidemiologist and worked on the epidemiology of HIV & AIDS for years, a woman who has PROTECTED sex with a man who’s had PROTECTED sex with a man is STILL more likely to get HIV than if she has unprotected sex with a man who’s only had unprotected sex with women.This statistic really surprised me, but I guess I believe him. Sucks though. Especially since I’ve been tested and so I’m relatively sure I don’t have HIV. I think the having-been-tested thing should certainly be taken into account.

  16. Anonymous

    If you’re a woman, you also can’t give blood if you’ve had sex with a man who has had sex with a man (which ruled me out). According to my dad, who is an epidemiologist and worked on the epidemiology of HIV & AIDS for years, a woman who has PROTECTED sex with a man who’s had PROTECTED sex with a man is STILL more likely to get HIV than if she has unprotected sex with a man who’s only had unprotected sex with women.

    This statistic really surprised me, but I guess I believe him. Sucks though. Especially since I’ve been tested and so I’m relatively sure I don’t have HIV. I think the having-been-tested thing should certainly be taken into account.

  17. Anonymous

    my best friend had a gay uncle who, somewhat ironically, contracted aids from a blood transfusion. he’s dead now.

  18. Anonymous

    my best friend had a gay uncle who, somewhat ironically, contracted aids from a blood transfusion. he’s dead now.

  19. Anonymous

    what about other drugs? can you not give blood if you’re on prescription meds? or do the drugs just get used up by the cells etc before the blood is actually transfused?

  20. Anonymous

    what about other drugs? can you not give blood if you’re on prescription meds? or do the drugs just get used up by the cells etc before the blood is actually transfused?

  21. Anonymous

    Yeah, and I’m going to reiterate the equivalence of risk between gays and black people. Perhaps they should institute socioeconomic background checks as well, just to be super extra safe and all.

  22. Anonymous

    Yeah, and I’m going to reiterate the equivalence of risk between gays and black people. Perhaps they should institute socioeconomic background checks as well, just to be super extra safe and all.

  23. Anonymous

    O Positive, and there. And, with the whole “homosexual male bias,” it may seem unfair but there is a a higher statistical occurance of AIDS in homosexual males. And the Red Cross is extremely paranoid about putting anyone at risk at all for any type of blood communicable disease. One time, one of my parents gave blood, and the recipient got Hep B. My parental was tested, and there was absolutely no Hep B, but they still took them off of the donor list. Like the last post said, how terrible would it be if someone got something like AIDS or Hep B from a blood transfusion? A couple dozen people actually got AIDS and died in the 80’s from blood transfusions. As far as the Red Cross goes, it’s better safe than sorry.

  24. Anonymous

    O Positive, and there. And, with the whole “homosexual male bias,” it may seem unfair but there is a a higher statistical occurance of AIDS in homosexual males. And the Red Cross is extremely paranoid about putting anyone at risk at all for any type of blood communicable disease. One time, one of my parents gave blood, and the recipient got Hep B. My parental was tested, and there was absolutely no Hep B, but they still took them off of the donor list. Like the last post said, how terrible would it be if someone got something like AIDS or Hep B from a blood transfusion? A couple dozen people actually got AIDS and died in the 80’s from blood transfusions. As far as the Red Cross goes, it’s better safe than sorry.

  25. Anonymous

    O Positive, and I’ll be there.1:20, they will ask you if you have had sex with a man after a certain time (some ridiculous date, like 1977). I don’t know if they even ask about protection or not.If you answer yes to this question and are a man, you can’t donate. If you answer yes and are a woman, then you can still donate (unless you do needle drugs as well or whatever).At least that how I remember it working before. Kinda fucked up, but if I got AIDS from a blood transfusion I’d be fucking pissed. I’d also be pissed if there was no blood available due to crazy screening measures. Red Cross needs to find the middle ground here, and they do an OK job.

  26. Anonymous

    O Positive, and I’ll be there.

    1:20, they will ask you if you have had sex with a man after a certain time (some ridiculous date, like 1977). I don’t know if they even ask about protection or not.

    If you answer yes to this question and are a man, you can’t donate. If you answer yes and are a woman, then you can still donate (unless you do needle drugs as well or whatever).

    At least that how I remember it working before. Kinda fucked up, but if I got AIDS from a blood transfusion I’d be fucking pissed. I’d also be pissed if there was no blood available due to crazy screening measures. Red Cross needs to find the middle ground here, and they do an OK job.

  27. Anonymous

    there is a rationale for the ban because the donor screens are not perfect. however, in terms of the current epidemiology, banning black people from donating blood makes just as much sense as prohibiting men who have sex with men. that gays are banned and black people are not is reflective of institutionalized homophobia, but then again, what isn’t?

  28. Anonymous

    there is a rationale for the ban because the donor screens are not perfect. however, in terms of the current epidemiology, banning black people from donating blood makes just as much sense as prohibiting men who have sex with men. that gays are banned and black people are not is reflective of institutionalized homophobia, but then again, what isn’t?

  29. Anonymous

    I can’t give blood. There’s this disease called AIDS which only gays and drug users get, and the Red Cross doesn’t want me tainting the blood supply with my little queer retroviruses…because, you know, it’s not like they screen blood for diseases or anything like that. The policy is actually fucked up.

  30. Anonymous

    I can’t give blood. There’s this disease called AIDS which only gays and drug users get, and the Red Cross doesn’t want me tainting the blood supply with my little queer retroviruses…because, you know, it’s not like they screen blood for diseases or anything like that.

    The policy is actually fucked up.

  31. Anonymous

    you know that thing where if you’ve had gay sex you can’t donate blood, is that a red cross measure, or a state-by-state decided thing?

  32. Anonymous

    you know that thing where if you’ve had gay sex you can’t donate blood, is that a red cross measure, or a state-by-state decided thing?

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