Homophobic Blood Donation Ban Contributes to Shortage

FIRST PERSON | Last year, I went to participate in a local blood drive. It was routine enough. The nurse checked my heart rate, weighed me, and then asked me a few questions. “In the last twelve months,” she droned, “Have you had sex with an intravenous drug user?” No. “A person who has been exposed to HIV?” No. “A prostitute?” Of course not. “A man who has had sex with men?” I paused. My fiance is, like me, bisexual. Knowing that we were both perfectly healthy, I considered lying, but ultimately decided to be honest. …
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