Not much commentary required, just felt like posting some examples of people willing to sacrifice the safety and wellbeing of others in order to feel good about themselves or achieve their own political ends.
Top Doctor: Gay Blood Will Taint US Supply Notable quote:
While Brooks acknowledges that it’s an emotive topic for some, he warns that it’s exceedingly important to consider Americans’ safety before all other arguments.
“The thing is, we don’t know what’s coming down the road. There may be other infectious diseases that come into the blood supply and it may infect the men who’ve had sex with men and IV drug users. It may affect other groups. We don’t know. We really can’t make exceptions for people because it hurts their feelings,” he said.
“I think a lot of people see being able to donate blood as validation. That’s not our job. Validating people’s feelings is not our job. Our job is to ensure a safe blood supply.”
The demographics of HIV infection are highly politically inconvenient, but it’s heartening to see a doctor making an argument based on evidence on what’s good for his patient…not what makes potential donors feel better about themselves.