Dr. D.F. Joseph sent me this note saying that the Red Cross had petitioned the FDA to allow them to receive blood donations from homosexual men. I was relieved to find that their petition had been rejected but then I read this:
FDA medical officer Andrew Dayton asked the Blood Products Advisory Committee (BPAC) whether it was prudent to change the donor deferral policy to ban only men who disclosed having sex with another man within the last five years. Dayton and his colleagues analyzed the projected risk that relaxing the donor deferral rule would have on the nation's blood supply and presented the committee with this data. After much deliberation, the BPAC members voted 7 to 6 to maintain the current deferral policy.
By a vote of 7 to 6. So you know what that means- it's coming.
Even more alarming:
The serological tests routinely performed on all donated blood to detect HIV and other blood-borne viruses are sensitive enough to prevent all but about 10 HIV-infected units from entering the blood supply each year, said Dr. Michael Busch of the University of California-San Francisco. The infected blood that does defy the rigorous testing protocol causes two to three HIV infections each year, he said.
So, ten HIV infected units enter the blood supply each year and 2 to 3 cases of HIV result. Frightening.