In the aftermath of the shooting in Orlando, people flooded to blood banks to donate blood. However, a certain group of people were, ironically, excluded from giving blood.
ABC released an article stating that gay and bisexual men were asked to refrain from giving blood after the Orlando shootings. This is in compliance with a 1983 law to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
It is heartbreaking to think that people of the LGBT community cannot help their brothers and sisters in their time of need based on their sexuality. Others may be infected with HIV and other blood borne illnesses.
If you have been following this blog for any amount of time, you know that there has been multiple posts on how HIV is spread. There are ways to be infected, not just by having gay sex. There are heterosexuals who have HIV. It can be spread in many ways.
Blood banks need to test blood before putting it on the shelf, if it is not already. This will eliminate the need to exclude people from helping, especially if they have perfectly safe blood. People are willing to donate, so take a bit more than necessary to ensure that there is enough to be tested.
Ultimately, this law needs to be put to an end. It is discriminating. There are measures that can be taken to ensure that blood is safe to use.