Attention OT CLOSET: Gay men are orders of magnitude more likely to be HIV+ (and much more likely to have a whole host of other diseases) as compared to other groups. Its just a statistical truth. Dont blame me, blame all the retards obsessed with meth and barebacking. So no, as a community, we are not the same as heterosexuals in all regards. We also cant pop out kids. Get used to it. So, when 50% of new HIV cases are caused by man-on-man sex, of course they are going to prevent people who have sex with men from donating blood as an issue of public health. The first step in ensuring HIV- blood for everyone is to prevent the highest-risk groups from donating, and the only way to do that is to eliminate people based upon risk factors for contracting HIV, and MSM is on the top of that list by a wide margin. The next highest single causes is high risk heterosexual sex (sex with prostitutes, iv drug users, etc; 30%), and those people are prevented from donating as well. The third highest group is IV drug users (20%), and they are prevented from donating, too. If you're pissed that MSM sex makes it more likely to get HIV, feel free to (1) get pissed that god didnt design the anus to prevent STD transmission, and (2) go become a community organizer and educate people about safe sex. (Did you know that 30% of gay men use "seroselection," ie asking if the guy they are about to bareback has HIV, as their primary method of HIV prevention?) if you're going to message me asking my scientific opinion on why gay men should or shouldn't donate blood, dont tell me "i'm arguing the wrong side of the issue, goodbye" when the statistics dont support your position. this isnt a human rights or ethical issue, its a public health issue. no one is dying for lack of blood transfusions, and we can supply our needs using a low-risk pool. IV drug users have a much lower HIV prevalence rate as compared to MSM. should we let them donate blood, too?