The New York Blood center needs blood donations. They claim the transit strike has exasperated the already low supply of blood that they need.
I’d be happy to give but I can’t.
– INDEFINITELY a male donor who has ever had sexual contact with another male even once.
from Criteria for an Acceptable Donation
Copyright 2005 THE NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER
I have O negative blood – the universal donor, sort of.
It’s assumed because I am gay that I have some type of disease or illicit drug floating through my bloodstream. Funny how most of my straight male friends test sporadically if at all for HIV and other STD’s. I test annually.
The fact of the matter is that many people can’t donate, yet they do because it’s the right thing to do. They simply lie on the form or during the interview process.
The right thing for me to do right now is to say, "Fuck You! This is unacceptable to me."