You probably heard the news, but the FDA is lifting its ban on gay/bisexual male blood donors! They finally admit that men who sleep with men are not inherently disgusting! This is wonderful news… kindof: They still will not accept blood from men who have been sexually active in the last year.
I don’t know about you, but to me a year sounds like a long time to be celibate. And what about men in monogamous relationships who have absolutely zero chance of contracting HIV? And what about men who are promiscuous but incredibly careful about being safe? And what about men who only have oral sex? And what about straight couples who have anal sex? And what about the fact that most tests can detect HIV 3 months after exposure? (A year seems like an arbitrary amount of time.) And… well. You get the point. This still seems like a somewhat arbitrary measure.
If instead of banning gay men who have had sex within a year, they asked something like “have you had unprotected anal sex with someone who carries HIV or is at risk of carrying HIV in the last 3 months?” and if they answer “yes” they can be recommended a testing clinic… wouldn’t that remove some of the arbitrariness of asking if you’ve had gay sex within the last year? And wouldn’t that solve the gender-specific nature of the question?
I don’t know; I don’t work in public health.
In any case I think this is a step in the right direction. And it will increase the nation’s blood supply by about 317,000 pints of blood. Vampires rejoice. Think about how much blood that is!
- It’s about 1,260 barrels.
- It’s about enough blood to completely fill the oval office.
- It’s only about 6% of an olympic sized swimming pool. But to be fair, an olympic sized swimming pool full of blood would save a lot of lives.
Yay for blood!
Thank you MainlyButch for the nomination for the Very Inspiring Blog award! I write so much fluffy crap here and simultaneously reveal very little about my actual self, I just feel bad you guys have to read all this… but I’m psyched that someone found it worthy of an award.
So, again, thanks. 🙂
Alright, not sure how this works entirely but here are the rules:
The rules of this award are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
Display the award on your post.
2. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.
3. State 7 random things about yourself.
4. Nominate other bloggers for the award.
5. Contact your nominees to let them know you have nominated them. Provide a link to your post.
6. Proudly display the award logo (or buttons) on your blog, whether on your side bar, ABOUT page, or a special page for awards.
Aiit, so you wanna know 7 random things about me? Here’s a peppy song to listen to while you read the following:
- At the peak of my ice skating career (I was 8) I could do a waltz jump.
- I once farted during a grad school recruitment. Loudly.
- I own a coloring book and I don’t care who knows it.
- When I was little I kept a pet ant for 3 days… I called him “Antie”. We traveled a lot so we weren’t allowed to have real pets. I didn’t have ready access to anything furry, so I took in Antie and we hung out for a while. He liked me I think. He had a very expressive face.
- Some people are “ocean” people and some people are “mountain” people. Some people are both. I’m very strongly a “mountain” person.
- When I don’t eat, I get really hangry. Seriously. I love eating. It’s the best thing in the world.
- I often worry that I’m selfish. Everyone is a little selfish, but I live in fear of acting out of self-interest and harming those I care about.
Alright, the nominees are:
Alrigt I’m not sure how this works. But here ya go:,
Saw this on buzzfeed, and it’s actually not terrible!
List of tumblr excerpts on gender equality
I especially like numbers 8, 20,
Also this one: defying gender expectations.