Topic

equality

194 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Federal Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

End the FDA's Discriminatory Deferral Policy - Allow Gay Men to Donate Blood!

In the days after the 2016 massacre on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, lines wove around blood donation banks with people eager to help. Gay men, however, were turned away - a stinging insult to an already grieving community. In trying to do something good, these men were publicly humiliated by a screening questionnaire that equated their sexual identity to intravenous, non-prescription drug use and prostitution.  Though it is undeniable that this original policy was critical in ensuring the safety of the national blood supply in the early days of the AIDS crisis, advancements in technology have rendered this ban unnecessary. When the first HIV-specific antibody test came out in 1987, the risk of HIV transmission from the blood supply was 1 in every 153,123 units of blood (assuming an 8-week incubation period during which HIV is undetectable). Four generations of testing later, modern HIV screening has near-perfect sensitivity, minimizing the incubation window to 9 to 14 days. Today, the risk of transmitting HIV through a blood transfusion is 1 in 1.5 million. By comparison, the odds of getting struck by lightning are 1 in 960,000.  The logic of the current deferral policy is laughably illogical: a man who is in a monogamous relationship with another man and undergoes frequent HIV testing (every three to six months) with repeatedly negative results is prohibited from donating blood. On the other hand, a straight man who has frequent unprotected sex with female partners of unknown HIV status is not barred from donating. Similarly, a woman who has unprotected anal sex with partners of unknown HIV status is similarly allowed to donate. In 2015, the policy was changed from a lifetime ban to a twelve-month deferral period - a step in the right direction, but unrealistically requiring that MSM remain celibate for an entire year. This discriminatory policy continues to perpetuate the association between gay sex, risky sex, and HIV. The FDA would better protect the blood supply by modifying their policy to defer individuals who have had unprotected sex with partners of unknown HIV status in the two weeks prior to donation - regardless of gender or sexual orientation. With this in mind, we, the members of the LGBTQ community and our allies, demand that the FDA reevaluate their outdated discriminatory blood donation policy, and instead implement one that does a better job protecting the blood supply by redefining the criteria for deferral to anyone participating in risky sexual behavior - not a blanket ban on a community eager to do their part to save lives!

Shelby Mohar
13,286 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

Petition to South Granville High School Administration

Getting Rid Of "Dr." Mcaden.

"Dr." McAden is easily the worst teacher we have ever had. She is unclear on every assignment, rude to students with special needs, yells at students when they ask questions about what to do for an assignment, yells at students for asking to go the bathroom and claims that they are a classroom disruption. However, they will ask to go when she has zoned out for about 15 minutes and we are just sitting at our desks, all of our notes copied, doing nothing but waiting for her to start talking again. Some of her lessons have been incorrect and been pointed out to her directly. What does she do, you might ask? An actual teacher would look at it and see if there really was a mistake. "Dr." McAden listens, then goes back behind her laptop and completely ignores the student. She doesn't specify what material should be studied for tests, or give extra points that she promised. She very rarely puts in grades, in fact only one has been put in this entire school year, and that was put in the 3rd Monday of the school year. For studying material, she just says "Its your notes." Well that isnt helpful at all considering that we have already done over 15 pages full of notes for different topics. All of these issues that have been presented to you are just the tip of the iceberg. South Granville Administration, please take this seriously. This is a real problem. Oh, and by the way, SHE DOESN'T TEACH. All of our material it's from random power points that she finds online. "Dr." McAden is bad!

Roy Britt
121 supporters