Target: American Medical Association
Goal: Praise the American Medical Association for supporting to end the ban on gay men donating blood.
Getting people to donate blood is a vital part of the medical field. Blood is needed everyday and used for transfusions that can save lives. However, blood banks are often always short, which is why getting people to donate frequently is important. Despite this, the ban on gay men donating blood is still in place and has been since HIV was first identified by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This ban is discriminatory because it assumes that homosexual people are more prone to diseases such as HIV when modern science and statistics have shown that everyone is susceptible to getting this infection. The American Medical Association (AMA), which is made up of doctors, just stated that this ban should be lifted. Commend the AMA for speaking up against this unjustified ban.
The discovery of the HIV, which turns into the more lethal version–AIDS–scared the world. In the early 1980s, HIV/AIDS was identified and since the conditions appeared to be more prevalent in homosexual men, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a ban that prohibited gay men from donating blood. However, three decades have passed and studies have shown that HIV/AIDS is not unique to gay men. This ban continues to keep the demeaning stereotype that gay men have HIV.
“The lifetime ban on blood donation for men who have sex with men is discriminatory and not based on sound science,” an AMA board member, Dr. William Kobler said in a statement. “This new policy urges a federal policy change to ensure blood donation bans or deferrals are applied to donors according to their individual level of risk and are not based on sexual orientation alone.”
Donating blood should not be an exclusive event for select people. Hospitals and patients need blood everyday and thus, the FDA should lift this ban and allow homosexual men to donate blood. Furthermore, the blood banks must do a better job at monitoring the safety of the blood.
Praise the AMA for condoning the ban that prevents gay men from donating blood.
Dear American Medical Association,
The action that the association took in recommending a lift on the ban that prevents homosexual men from donating blood is a huge step. This statement could potentially change how people view homosexuality. The FDA first placed the ban because it believes that the blood from homosexual people has a higher change of being tainted with HIV/AIDS. However, what the agency did not realize is that everyone has some risk of getting this virus and thus, banning one group of people from donating blood is discriminatory.
I commend the doctors of the association for stating that this lifetime ban is unjustified. Patients need blood every day and blood banks need as much blood as they can get. It would be better for the community if more blood was accepted with extra tests to deem the blood safe.
Thank you for putting your voice out, thereby recommending a lift of this ban.
[Your Name Here]