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MacRumors 2012 Blood Drive


MacRumors is pleased to announce the third annual MacRumors Blood Drive, for the month of May 2012. We encourage forum members and site visitors to donate blood or platelets at any hospital or blood donation center in their city. We want to increase the number of life-saving donations by our online community for the benefit of people in their real-world communities. We also ask donors to post photos or stories in our Blood Drive thread. Saving a life is its own reward but accepting recognition as a donor helps spread the message to others. Please join us in showing the spirit of our community by donating blood or platelets this month and letting us know. Details are in the MacRumors 2012 Blood Drive thread.

Most blood drives are specific to a physical organization at a particular location. Ours is online and worldwide. You can help people in your city who are in need of life-saving blood and platelets in less than an hour of your time. If you are eligible to donate blood you can go to a hospital, community center, the Red Cross, or an independent donation center near you. If you are not eligible to donate yourself, please help the Blood Drive by encouraging other people to donate; see the Blood Drive thread for ideas.

Donated blood and platelets are needed every few seconds, all year, not just when calamities occur. They save the lives of people recovering from accidents, undergoing surgery, or struck by illness, including MacRumors forum members who have let us know that their lives were saved by donated blood. There's no gift more precious than the gift of life.

Specific donor eligibility requirements vary by country. For links and general information see our Blood and Platelet Donation Guide. You can also save lives by registering to donate your organs and tissue and by registering to be a bone marrow donor; see our Organ, Tissue, and Bone Marrow Donation Guide.


Apple's health, relief, and charity efforts over the years have included donations for 9/11 workers in 2001, the fundraising Songs for Sudan effort in 2004, (PRODUCT) RED participation since 2006, help for victims of the Haitian earthquake in 2010 and Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, and most recently a $50 million donation to Stanford University hospitals and a charitable donation matching program that are part of Apple's recent emphasis on corporate philanthropy.

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35 months ago

Can't donate blood because I'm gay.


Ditto... and it's certainly something I'd love to do!
Rating: 9 Votes
35 months ago

Lived in too many crazy places. My blood has been blacklisted. T.T


Can't donate blood because I'm gay.


Ditto... and it's certainly something I'd love to do!


^


I didnt know that:confused:...I just came out so i wont be either then. SMH


Would if I could, but they won't my dirty gay blood.


Yep me too...its funny, I've been in a male-male monogamous relationship for 2 & 1/2 years yet I still can't...and I'm a doctor!


13 years in a monogomous male-male relationship and I, too, am a pariah.


I'm gay... my blood must be poison.

Also, if there's any single gay male doctors left I'm available...


+1 - this stupid rule should be abolished.


Could you, someone explan me where the Problem is?:confused:

Blood is blood


In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, a rule was established that anyone who had ever had a same-sex male-male encounter was ineligible to donate.

Today, this is anachronistic - since not only is testing able to eliminate almost all HIV-positive blood from the supply, but also because hetersexual HIV transmission is significant. Being straight doesn't meant that you can't get HIV.
Rating: 8 Votes
35 months ago
I'd love to and used to give as often as Red Cross would allow in high school but I'm gay and alas cannot. Thanks to everyone else who can and do, hopefully one day soon I will be able to as well. :(
Rating: 8 Votes
35 months ago

Can't donate blood because I'm gay.


^
Rating: 7 Votes
35 months ago

^


Yep me too...its funny, I've been in a male-male monogamous relationship for 2 & 1/2 years yet I still can't...and I'm a doctor!
Rating: 7 Votes
35 months ago
I would but...apparently gay blood is still tainted with AIDS so I'm not a viable donor. Maybe next lifetime!
Rating: 7 Votes
35 months ago
Just donated last month so it's too soon in May, but my last donation had me reaching 16 gallons (128 pints). I've been donating for 38 years.
Rating: 6 Votes
35 months ago
I'm gay... my blood must be poison.

Also, if there's any single gay male doctors left I'm available...
Rating: 6 Votes
35 months ago
Also gay here and unable to donate blood... :/ Would if I could!
Rating: 6 Votes
35 months ago
Same here with the others, I've got tainted "gay blood."

But, seeing as how I get regularly tested and know the strict protocols for blood donor screening, I check the other box in that questionnaire. In any case, I've been donating blood (and platelets) for the past 10 years, been gay for 29. No issues at all, I'm just "straight" or non-MSM for the length of time it takes to donate blood.
Rating: 6 Votes

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