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Letters: Healthy and willing, but unable to give blood

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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 6:15 am

I am a young healthy male with a valuable blood type. I used to donate blood every 8 weeks, I was on the bone marrow donation list, and I am planning on donating all of my organs when I die. However, nobody wants any of this stuff from me anymore. Crazy, right? I don’t have a disease, I’m not at all sick, as previously mentioned, I am totally healthy. However, I am gay. Because of this one thing, I am not allowed to donate blood or offer a life-saving donation of bone marrow.

I understand the complexity of bone marrow transplant and I understand the importance of a donation completely free of infection. But just because I am gay, doesn’t mean I am infected. I have only ever had one partner my entire life. My partner has only ever had one partner his entire life. I have never had an STD and I definitely don’t have HIV. I think it is pathetic that I am automatically disqualified from donation (saving a life) just because of my sexual orientation. So to the person that is reading this and is waiting for a bone marrow transplant, I’m ready to help.

Joshua Miller


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