The fact that gay men—or rather, men who've had sex with another man within the past year—can not donate blood in the U.S. is troubling many on social media as the scores of mostly LGBT victims of the mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando truly need blood.
It's so urgent that OneBlood put out a call for donations that was re-tweeted by Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio, who may or may not technically be able to donate, depending on which rumors you believe.
Be that as it may:
I think it's high time this rule be abolished. You can't tell me we don't have the technology in place, with instant testing, to ensure that any blood donated by any person isn't infected with HIV (or any other blood-borne diseases).