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Azul's picture

I hate blood drives. They piss me the fuck off.

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the ghost's picture

what is a blood drive? No

what is a blood drive?

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Splash's picture

It's when a group has a big

It's when a group has a big week (or so) where they try to round up a lot of people and have them all donate blood to the Red Cross or someplace.

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the ghost's picture

Thanks,I hate those things

Thanks,I hate those things too.Purely because I am so squemish.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent-Eleanor Roosevelt

Azul's picture

I hate them because they

I hate them because they discriminate against homosexuals and many other minorities. I'm not sure which restrictions are in place anymore, but Haitians were barred from donation. Europeans, for a certain amount of time, are unable to donate because of the risk of the transmission of CJD (mad-cow). Homosexuals are for life.

But some blood bans do actually serve a purpose. The homosexual blood ban was put into action in 1977, during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis (when HIV testing was in its infancy). Now a days, with the Western-blot test and the enzyme immunoassay (EIA and also known as ELISA) test, the risk of HIV transmission in blood transfusions has become negligible (both are 99.99% effective). The accepted statistic is about one per quarter million. Homosexual blood therefore, has no bearing on HIV transmission. I'm not sure whether or not every donation of blood is tested, but if it isn't, then quite frankly, they're all fucking god damn morons.

Icarus's picture

one of my (gay) friends

one of my (gay) friends tried to donate blood, but they wouldn't accept it. then again, it was in VA, so...

but it is absolutely ridiculous, considering the mind-boggling shortage on donated blood.

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5thstory's picture

Ooops. I'm one of the blood

Ooops. I'm one of the blood suckers... since I can't donate blood, I'm always looking for people to do so (for the red cross)

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