Everyday is a learning experience when you’re in university. Today, I learned that sexually active gay men are prohibited from donating blood. The actual language states that any man who has had sex with another man even once since 1977 is prohibited from donating blood for the rest of his life. This policy was put into place in 1983 during the AIDS scare. You know what? This does not make a lot of sense to me. Its not like the Red Cross doesn’t test all donated blood anyway before giving it to someone in need. So blood that was from an HIV positive gay man would be caught and discarded before it was ever given to someone else. This outdated policy seems outdated and a little “shoot yourself in the foot.” There are gay men out there willing to donate and help someone out. Why not just accept their contribution? If someone is not HIV positive and meets all other health criteria, there is no reason to refuse the blood based on the donor’s sexual orientation. Read more about it here and here.