My student group is sponsoring this event on Wednesday. If you are a gay man, or you’ve ever had sex with a man who’s ever had sex with another man, then you are banned for life from donating blood. Given that blood banks in America experience incessant shortages, the FDA should be accepting all safe, life-saving blood that can be donated.
The ban on blood from homosexuals arose when HIV testing was less accurate and MSM (men who have sex with men; it’s a technical term and yes it’s silly) faced heavy discrimination. The FDA justifies the ban by claiming that MSM are at a high risk for HIV/AIDS, which is true. Homosexuals account for 49% of new HIV cases in America in 2005 [1]. Although African Americans are equally at risk for HIV, accounting for 49% of new cases in 2007 [2], there is no ban on donations from them. HIV screening is accurate enough now that the chance of a false negative is extremely rare.
Donated blood is screened for diseases, contamination and STIs before given to patients who are in need. The lifetime MSM blood ban is outdated and unnecessary. Sign the petition, written by Secular Alliance at Indiana University and the Beta Chapter of the Sigma Phi Beta fraternity, to ask the FDA to repeal the ban and reexamine the way our government thinks about HIV/AIDS. Link to the petition is here.
HIV/AIDS is not a gay problem.It’s not a black problem.It’s a human problem.
Please reblog this, especially if you’re in Bloomington, and spread the word!

My student group is sponsoring this event on Wednesday. If you are a gay man, or you’ve ever had sex with a man who’s ever had sex with another man, then you are banned for life from donating blood. Given that blood banks in America experience incessant shortages, the FDA should be accepting all safe, life-saving blood that can be donated.

The ban on blood from homosexuals arose when HIV testing was less accurate and MSM (men who have sex with men; it’s a technical term and yes it’s silly) faced heavy discrimination. The FDA justifies the ban by claiming that MSM are at a high risk for HIV/AIDS, which is true. Homosexuals account for 49% of new HIV cases in America in 2005 [1]. Although African Americans are equally at risk for HIV, accounting for 49% of new cases in 2007 [2], there is no ban on donations from them. HIV screening is accurate enough now that the chance of a false negative is extremely rare.

Donated blood is screened for diseases, contamination and STIs before given to patients who are in need. The lifetime MSM blood ban is outdated and unnecessary. Sign the petition, written by Secular Alliance at Indiana University and the Beta Chapter of the Sigma Phi Beta fraternity, to ask the FDA to repeal the ban and reexamine the way our government thinks about HIV/AIDS. Link to the petition is here.

HIV/AIDS is not a gay problem.
It’s not a black problem.
It’s a human problem.

Please reblog this, especially if you’re in Bloomington, and spread the word!

Someone in my computer science class asked to have the final exam rescheduled so he could participate in some sort of Occupy “day of worker’s solidarity” protest (the answer was “no”, he seemed upset). This is the same guy who I once witnessed talking to campus police officers at the Board of Trustees meeting (Occupy people interrupted the event by entering, sitting in a circle, and chanting), passive agressively asking them to abandon their duty and join the revolution!.

Once more: The Revolution will never happen. Anarchy is not the answer. When Occupy Bloomington stops focusing on minute, immature, manufactured injustices (e.g., “boo, they won’t reschedule this final exam and stand in solidarity with The Workers!!”), then they will be able to get to the heart of the problems here. Now, however, they come off as immature, unrespectable, unkind, ideologues who are just in the game for the protest aesthetic. That’s not necessarily true of everyone, but impressions die hard I suppose.

Right now, the Occupiers are perceived by administrators AND students as a nuisance. With respect comes influence. It’s not until the Occupiers are respected at this university that they’ll have any actual legitimacy.