quasi in rem

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Playing Politics with the nations blood supply. :

Two student senators at Western Oregon University are trying to ban student-sponsored blood drives on the school’s campus because they say questions associated with the donor screening process are discriminatory against gays.

They have an issue with the disqualifying question “Are you a male who has had sex with another male since 1977, even once?”

"By continuing to allow the Red Cross on our campus, the university is telling all the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students that we don't care about you,"said Bates."

Unless of course they happen TO NEED BLOOD AT ANY TIME IN THE FUTURE!!!!!

This is especially incredible considering that there is a rise of HIV infection among college males.: "'Twenty years into the... HIV epidemic and we're seeing a re-emergence of HIV in a young male population -- that's disturbing,' Leone said. 'It's our best and brightest who are getting infected -- it will be felt for the next five, 10, 15 years.'
The increase was first noticed in late 2002, and officials now believe it began in mid-2001 and is still continuing. They worry that unwitting infected students will spread the virus across the country when they return to their hometowns during class breaks or after graduation."

Is there anything, anything at all, that trumps minor inequalities for the homosexual community. If the nation's blood supply is o.k. to play politics with then I don't think anything is off limits.

The bonus is that technology may obviate this question, and several others, altogether. There is a new HIV test that gives results in 20 minutes : "The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new oral test to detect the AIDS virus that is highly accurate and gives the results in 20 minutes without using a needle. "

I have given blood many times. But recently I have been prevented from doing so due to a recent trip to India. I will be able to donate again in a couple of months. In the process many questions, some involving Constitutionally protected activity, are asked that can disqualify people for any number of reasons. That process takes over 20 minutes (taking temperature, adn test iron levels etc.) and so a simple HIV test would be fantastic.

But it never ever once crossed my mind that they should shut down the sytem to accomodate those who could not donate.


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