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African Americans might try to disassociate themselves from the gay community, but when it comes to AIDS, they could be in the same boat. Given that gay men are not allowed to give b***d because they represent a disproportionate number of new HIV cases, some are saying that this form of discrimination could easily be applied to African Americans. On KultureKritic.com, one of our staff bloggers speculates on why the gay community continues to be banned from giving b***d, but this form of “discrimination” is not applied to anyone else.
A peculiar law stands in the way of thousands of potential b***d donors. Over 50,000 gay men are rejected because they gay community is high risk for HIV/AIDS.
The black community is also at high risk with 57% of new cases affecting blacks, however there is no restriction on black b***d donors. The same is true for the heterosexual community. As of 1977 the Food and Drug Administration thought it prudent to add a question during the screening. b***d banks had to begin asking men if they had ever had s*x with another man. If so, they were then labeled MSMs, or men who have s*x with men.