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Quickies: African American history museum, new Librarian of Congress, and harassment at Apple

Amanda

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. September 16, 2016 at 12:28 pm —

    I’m also forbidden from donating blood due to excessive concern about blood communicable diseases that almost all people like me don’t have.

    I spent a year in mainland Europe when I was 3, putting me at unknown risk for carrying mad cow disease prions that may affect other people’s brains differently than my own.

    This whole issue pits the scientific skeptic in me who knows that risk factors are a real thing, and no medical professional wants to increase the chances of getting HIV into the blood supply, against the modern progressive who knows how easy it is to blow the risk out of proportion when specifically targeting attributes of marginalized people.

    As long as the AMA, a well qualified organization for the issue, is calling for reform due to social and medical changes since the ban was created, I’ve got to suspect that any latent fears about HIV transmission rates are indeed overblown by socially conservative elements.

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