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MacRumors 2016 Blood Drive

MacRumors is pleased to announce the Seventh Annual MacRumors Blood Drive, throughout the month of May 2016. Our goal every year is to save lives by increasing the number of life-saving blood and platelet donations. While most blood drives are specific to a geographic location, our blood drive is online and worldwide. To date we have recorded donations of over 300 units of blood and platelets.

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Led by CEO Tim Cook, Apple supports health, relief, and charity efforts, including the recent Apps for Earth promotion. The MacRumors Blood Drive is run by the staff and volunteers of MacRumors.

We ask that you:

1. Donate blood or platelets at any donation center near you, join the bone marrow registry in your country, and sign up for the organ donor registry in your state, province, or country.

2. Post in the MacRumors 2016 Blood Drive! thread to tell us about it and to accept our thanks.

3. Share our message with other people you know.

For details see the MacRumors 2016 Blood Drive! thread and our traditional Honor Roll of donors.

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There are many reasons that you should participate in the MacRumors Blood Drive. Consider what some of our forum members have said:

User A.Goldberg:
I was diagnosed and treated for leukemia at age 4. When I got my first blood transfusion, the nurse told me that a stranger had donated it. Decades later, I am healthy thanks in part to some truly altruistic people out there. If you're considering donating, do it for me since I'm not eligible myself. Thanks!!!
User TheBean75:
Thank you for everyone who donates. I cannot (due to the mad cow thing) but my daughter was a micro-preemie born at 24 weeks and had 5 transfusions before her first month in the NICU. I know without the selfless act of donating by others she never would have made it.
User I14:
Thank you to everybody who is donating or has signed up for the bone marrow registry. After donating 42 units over the past years, last year I became a recipient with many units of blood and platelets and finally a bone marrow transplant as I battled leukemia. One of you may have saved my life. You will probably never meet the recipient of your donation, but they will be very thankful for your time, effort and your donation.
How to participate

1. If you are eligible, schedule a blood or platelet donation (see FAQ), in May if possible. Register for the bone marrow registry and/or register as an organ donor (see FAQ).

2. If you aren't eligible to donate blood for reasons of health, age, height/weight, recent donation, or the temporary deferral for gay men that applies in many countries, please encourage someone else to make a donation, and let us know. The U.S. FDA has revised the rules since last year; see our Blood donor eligibility forum thread.

3. Help our drive by thanking donors and convincing friends and relatives to donate as well.



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42 months ago
The "temporary deferral for gay men" is still discriminatory and still excludes thousands of good donors. It's messed up that a monogamous married same-sex couple can't donate if they've been sexually active within a year even if they pass quarterly STD screenings.

That said, if you can donate, please do! This stuff is really important. I would do it in a heartbeat (heh) but unfortunately I have a healthy sex life with another man so my blood is apparently too filthy.
Rating: 16 Votes
42 months ago
Unfortunately in Canada we can't donate if we're gay and in a monogamous relationship. :( we're only allowed if we've not had sex for 5 years (aka no one lol).

I used to be a donator when I was in university! Would do it again. :)
Rating: 9 Votes
42 months ago

Double platelet donation on Thursday, 28 April 2016. Donation number 290. Hope to donate twice this month.



Thanks for donating. As a gay man I cannot unless I abstained from sex for 12
Months.
Rating: 9 Votes
42 months ago

Please donate. The life you save thanks you above all other prayers. I know I do.
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Times have changed. Please reach out to the GIFT of LIFE! You can still donate!!!


Unfortunately times have not changed enough. Regardless of how a man self-identifies and regardless of his relationship/monogamy status, any man who has had sex with a man in the last 12 months is still not eligible to donate blood in the US. Some other countries have similar policies.
Rating: 8 Votes
42 months ago
Can't donate because I'm gay, although I'm disease-free and have been my entire life. I would if I could without lying, though—it's a shame that I can't because I'm the highly valued O-negative (universal donor).
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Again, I'm asking purely out of curiosity, I would happily donate blood for nothing, as I always have, just wanted to know how it works here. If they don't pay, but bill you if you need it I find that a bit cheeky to say the least!


Some places will pay for blood donations, if I recall correctly. My brother donated once and gave me the card they gave him. I'm not sure how it all works w/r/t billing.
Rating: 7 Votes
42 months ago
220 days ago a donor saved my life through a living donation of a kidney. I could tell you a million reasons the value of this act, and what it means to me. But I have an easier way. Go to the mirror or turn on you web cam and look at the person staring back at you. Is this person's life worth blood, platelets or a spare kidney?

Please donate. The life you save thanks you above all other prayers. I know I do.
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Thanks for donating. As a gay man I cannot unless I abstained from sex for 12
Months.

Times have changed. Please reach out to the GIFT of LIFE! You can still donate!!!
Rating: 7 Votes
42 months ago
Wow, look how small that dude's wrist is.

…wait.
Rating: 7 Votes
42 months ago

The "temporary deferral for gay men" is still discriminatory and still excludes thousands of good donors. It's messed up that a monogamous married same-sex couple can't donate if they've been sexually active within a year even if they pass quarterly STD screenings.

That said, if you can donate, please do! This stuff is really important. I would do it in a heartbeat (heh) but unfortunately I have a healthy sex life with another man so my blood is apparently too filthy.


It's very sad that this discrimination still exists in the face of all scientific evidence. The Obama administration did not follow the science on this but instead adhered to anti-gay discrimination. I cannot donate blood because I am a happily married gay man who has only had sex with one person (my husband) for the last 20 years (and we are both HIV negative and monogamous)... but my blood is considered unfit by the politicians.
Rating: 6 Votes
42 months ago
I would happily donate but my blood isn't good enough because I'm gay.
Rating: 4 Votes
42 months ago

It's discrimination - basically


True. But the question is whether this discrimination is justifiable. If the facts have not changed (hence my question earlier), then it is still the case that men who have had sex with men are excluded, because they are considered a risk group. It certainly is discrimination, but if it happens for a specific reason that is directly related to what you are trying to achieve, namely collecting as much healthy blood as possible, then I think that it is justified. Given that there just is no reliable and cost-effective way to detect STIs at the point when you are giving blood and that men who have sex with men have a higher chance to get certain STIs, particularly HIV, then the cost/benefits may favour exclusion. I cannot say whether the facts are still true or whether it has changed, but that was the main reason. I was rejected multiple times for similar reasons, due to travelling to areas where the risk of infection was higher. I really do not feel being treated unfairly, I understand that it is not personal or political.
Rating: 4 Votes

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