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This Seems Like a Big Deal
This seems like a big stinkin’ deal. But what do I know? Maybe the Ricochet team doctors can weigh on the elevated health risks this involves.
I myself had some health drama a few years ago, the survival from which involved needing to receive four units of blood. So the question is not really academic, I guess.
Why, it’s almost as if mass institutional delusion could have a negative effect on public health or something. Or maybe public health is just being made to take a backseat to the desire of American Red Cross execs to be viewed as some of the cool kids. Maybe the decision-makers at the American Red Cross are such horrible people they’re willing to risk harming their neighbors just to get more “likes” on social media.
Sheesh.Published in General
Evil. Risking everyone for a small group’s “feelings”.
What’s most remarkable about that is that I presume they would defend their decision by saying that they are simply following the science.
Because religion is simply an irrational belief that what you imagine to be true is actually true. That’s ridiculous, of course.
That’s why they follow the science.
Wherever it leads. Right.
I thought scientists were working on a blood surrogate . . .
A friend of mine was scheduled to have an operation. He was able to donate his own blood for the surgery (this was a long time ago). I’ll be they won’t let you do that now on “principle” . . .
because you would be discriminating against other people . . .
“Under the guidelines, biological sex can be fully self-declared???
What the heck does that mean?
Evil comes in many forms.
Incredibly stupid and dangerous.
Donations are screened for HIV and hepatitis. I don’t think the donations are separated by the (actual) sex of the donor so psychological identity disorders would not be relevant. Gays who pass for straight and/or lie about recent sexual history have always been able to donate. In truth, a grossly promiscuous hetero is also a less-than-ideal donor.
Creating a weird trans exception to the rules governed by relative AIDS risk obviously makes no sense but very little does in Biden’s America.
For a while when still in college, I had a night-shift job in the main Red Cross blood bank in DC in the halcyon pre-AIDS era a half-century ago. Not much happened on those shifts. Intoxicated cops often came by to grab some ice from the ample supplies for some post-shift parties. The rather strange gay phone operator used to put through the calls from cranks claiming to be Dracula coming down to make a withdrawal. (Bela Lugosi is not that hard to mimic so it was annoying how bad those attempts were and how many idiots thought it was original). When there were emergency calls from hospitals, there was some drama if we were low on the requested type–often calling on some great people (then and now) who served as walking donors and go where they are asked at all hours. We covered a large region and even shipped blood by emergency police relay all the way to West Virginia. DC cops handing off to VA a trooper who would speed all to way to the WVA line or county cops who did relays. We usually did not know what the specific surgical emergency was but were instructed that if asked, to tell the police it was for heart surgery on an 11-year old girl because that would make the urgency of the mission more satisfying for them.
A white-coated individual of questionable sobriety would come in and experiment on some samples testing for the “Australian antigen”, an early attempt to screen for hepatitis. The real screening was barring (or dumping the donations of) skeezy-looking donors. My confidence in the system was limited. There are no guarantees in life. Risk is unavoidable.
I’m not sure, but I think it means that Red Cross has scientific reasons to prohibit sexually active men from donating blood, and so if you are a man and want to donate blood you can now scientifically say that you’re not a man, in order to legitimately get around the restrictions.
And the slippery slope argument remains undefeated.
And when contrasted with their overkill on Covid, particularly stupid and conversely decided. Which only means that it is based on politics again, rather than medicine.
Well, the Red Cross is complying with this, but the recommendation actually came from the FDA. See Red Cross page on this.
What they’re saying is that gay sex with an insane man is now straight and will be risk-weighted accordingly, according to the people who maintain a huge blood bank.
According to the article:
This is why they ask gay men if the have had sex within 3 months of donating blood. But if a man has a woman’s penis up his anus, rather than a man’s, that is OK according to the guidelines? This from folks who put a “We believe in Science” sign on their front lawn?
In the name of justice, equity, and progress, Straight White Males will only be given trans-fusions of blood drawn exclusively from LGBTQ+ donors.
My extended family, living and dead, contain nearly two dozen medical doctors along with several more who would be considered medical auxiliaries. I am guessing that the dead ones are pleased not to be practicing anymore and the living ones have mixed feelings.
Insanity is sometimes inherited…
I thought that this is routinely done.
Looks like the American Red Cross will not be receiving any more donations from me.
BTW, here’s a question for the those here who know a lot more about medicine than me. In addition to the HIV issue, a trans woman (i.e. a man trying to pass for a woman) is generally taking a number of drugs and hormones for that purpose and so these drugs and hormones are therefore in that person’s bloodstream. Do any of these drugs and hormones pose a health risk to a person receiving a blood transfusion from such a source?
Will that make me LGPDQ+ as well?
It’s done for elective surgeries when the patient is in good enough shape to be able to regenerate the blood before the surgery and before the blood expiration date (5 weeks for refrigerated whole blood, longer if separated into components). It’s a good plan for an anticipated hip replacement surgery or similar.
I’m gonna need you to wash your mouth out with some lifeboy. ;-)
The only thing that remains is for Nero to head on down the the music store and pick up his fiddle.
We will have to wait and see.
I am banned from giving blood because I lived in the UK during the mad cow disease outbreak (~1990). Maybe if I tell the Red Cross I don’t identify as a mad cow they’ll accept me now.
Also concerning is the authorities greenlighting blood transfusions from mRNA vaxxed donors. Since the vaccine migrates to areas and organs it shouldn’t through the blood stream, I agree with those who want transfusions of mRNA free blood.
Blood Centers Say Unvaccinated People Are Refusing Transfusions From ‘Tainted’ Donations
New Zealand COVID Tyranny: Parents Refuse Vaccinated Blood for Child, State Threatens Custody
I’m in the same boat, but I’m told they relaxed those restrictions some time ago.
The mad cow/UK restriction is still a thing. I check every couple of years because I haven’t been able to donate for decades.
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Whoops, I beg your pardon! Apparently the restrictions were lifted three months ago. Yay!