Pros And Cons Of Being Able To Donate Blood

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In the medical field, there has been a major debate for many, many years about gay men being able to donate blood. Studies have shown that gay men are at a higher risk of having sexually transmitted diseases. With this higher risk, the Food and Drug Association has put a ban that if any gay man comes to donate blood he has to be denied because of his sexual orientation. Many people feel like this is discrimination against homosexuals and that it is wrong for the Food and Drug Association should lift the ban. They say that science has evolved and the previous rule was based on previous, not as advanced sciences. On the other side, many people are very much for the ban, and that they do not want to receive anything from a homosexual. With the …show more content…
If there has been a disaster somewhere in the world, anyone should be able to donate to the cause. For example, the most recent disaster in the United States was at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida. During this terrible event, it killed around 50 people and injured dozens more. Many gay men along with other civilians rushed to blood banks to give blood and help the cause, but only the gay men were denied the right to donate blood. In fact, there was one thousand five hundred gays that lined up to donate blood but could not because of the ban (Mackenzie). Someone who is heterosexual could have the exact same sexual transmitted diseases like gay men. A heterosexual man or woman could be having unprotected sex with several different partners, but they are allowed to donate blood. It even floors me, that some people think that being homosexual is a disease itself. Some won’t even let their children, parents, or grandparents have blood transfusions because the blood they are receiving might be from a gay man. I don’t believe it matters if a gay man is donating due to the blood being tested for sexual transmitted diseases before the blood is transfused into the recipient. I am thankful for the people who donate blood, gay or not, because one of them helped save my grandma’s life. My grandma’s blood level dropped little below seven and needed to have a blood …show more content…
It is proven that if the Food and Drug Administration were to ever totally lift the ban of homosexual men donating blood, then the national blood supply would increase by four percent. "Based on analyses I conducted with my co-author Ayako Miyashita about two years ago," Gary Gates said, "we estimate that a complete lifting of the ban could add more than 360,000 new blood donors each year and increase the blood supply by 615,000 pints" (McKenzie) During mass tragedies in the world, like the Orlando night club shooting, the local blood banks were in desperate need of blood, but because of the rules and regulations of the FDA, the local blood bank had to turn down a good thousand people just because they were homosexual. Also blood banks wouldn’t have to worry about as many men lying about their sexual orientation and they could focus more on testing the blood for sexual transmitted disease to make sure and keep the recipient safe. For the men that are homosexual that want to donate blood, it would give them the chance to do what they have waned to do to help in society any way they can. It could also put more of the attention on actually considering to donate blood rather than others fighting and arguing about whether gay and bisexual men should be allowed to

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