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September 1st, 2005 - Trickle of Consciousness — LiveJournal
I certainly didn't expect it, mind you, and it seems more due to delayed shipping on one of the titles, but I have to say it was kind of fun that two out of three of the super-hero books I bought yesterday featured it.

Spoilers, cut tag. Blah

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As usual, I'm sure I'm coming horribly late to the game here, but I just found out the actual details to the Red Cross' MSM (men having sex with men) donation deferral. Namely, a man can't donate blood to the Red Cross if he's had sex with another man at any point after 1977.

I'd have an easier time buying that this is solely an HIV/AIDS concern if their guidelines were consistent on the issue. Take the first few items on the HIV/AIDS risk list at the Red Cross' official site:

You are at risk for getting infected if you:

  • have ever used needles to take drugs, steroids, or anything not prescribed by your doctor

  • are a male who has had sexual contact with another male, even once, since 1977

  • have ever taken money, drugs or other payment for sex since 1977

  • have had sexual contact in the past 12 months with anyone described above

  • See, here's where I get confused. Apparently, having taken IV drugs, had male/male sexual contact (not anal sex, mind, just any sexual contact), or having taken money after sex (now that's what I call dirty money) puts you at risk for HIV/AIDS for the rest of your natural life span, even if you never again participate in the activity (or, say, that male/male contact has been exclusive and monogamous). However, if you're a woman whose ex-boyfriend or ex-husband shot up or had a gay affair, or you were the one paying out the money for sex, well, you're clear once you've stayed away from the other sexual partner for a year. Not to mention the fact that, for all the guidelines care, unprotected heterosexual sex--including anal sex--doesn't even appear on the risk list so long as neither of the partners took any drugs or paid out money for it.

    Um... what?
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