Can I donate my gay blood?
February 27, 2010 7:37 PM Subscribe
Saying that you have had sex with a man ("even once") disqualifies you for blood donation most places. But I know I don't have HIV. Is it ethical to lie on the intake survey so I can still donate?
I think blood donation is great. It is easy and painless and, as far as I know, really, really useful. I've donated blood lots of times in the past and I would like to continue.
On the other hand, I am a man who recently became sexually active with other men. On the red cross intake survey (which is very similar to the ones that I've seen at other donation centers), they will immediately turn you away if you say you've had sex with a man. So that's game over for donating, right?
Well, as part of my job, I have to get regularly tested for STIs. I don't have HIV. Based on my borderline paranoid sexual practices, I don't anticipate getting HIV. Can I continue to donate blood in good conscience? Or is that totally reckless?
Both moral and medical responses are encouraged. Thanks.