I'm A Nurse's Aide, But I Can't Give Blood

April 14, 2015 7:49 PM

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I'm A Nurse's Aide, But I Can't Give Blood

My name is Steven Kuzan. I am 23, and I am a nurse's aide. My blood type is B positive -- a comparatively rare type only possessed by 9 percent of the world's population. I have witnessed many cases where patients needed blood -- amputations, severe burns -- but I have never been able to help. Even if my blood type is rare and could be helpful to many people, I cannot follow my colleagues and donate: my country forbids me from saving lives. Why? I'm gay.

These are the laws in France in 2015. Since the 1980s, a ministerial order has forbidden all "men having or having had sexual relations with another man, no matter how long ago" from giving blood for life, the same rules that apply to drug addicts and HIV-positive patients. Is homosexuality still co...

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