And Microsoft has made a lot of money in the past by doing lots of bad things. Whenever anyone says anything even vaguely complimentary about Gates I feel like breaking things. (Probably a character flaw.)
> Men who have had oral or anal sex with men within the last 12 months can't donate blood. Men who haven't had oral or anal sex with a man in the last 12 months and who can meet the other donor selection criteria can donate.
> None of the criteria in place for blood donation are intended to be discriminatory. It is specific sexual behaviours rather than sexuality that increase the risk of virus transmission and drive the criteria. Ensuring donor and patient safety is at the heart of what we do. The processes we follow at our blood donation sessions are in line with blood donor selection criteria set by the Department of Health on the advice of independent experts.
> Men who have sex with men as a group have been shown to be at a statistically higher risk of acquiring HIV and other sexually acquired infections, including hepatitis B, in the UK.
The donor selection criteria in place are based on statistical risks for sexual behaviour associated with that population group - men who have sex with men - rather than an individual's specific sexual history or sexuality.
The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) advise that there is insufficient evidence available to be able to determine the impact on blood safety of introdu…
"The American Red Cross performs laboratory tests for multiple infectious disease markers on every unit of donated blood. Tests are upgraded or replaced with more sensitive technologies as these become available. These tests include:
Chagas disease (T. cruzi) Hepatitis B virus (HBV) Hepatitis C virus (HCV 3.0) Human Immunodeficiency viruses, Types 1 and 2 (HIV 1,2) Human T-Lymphotropic virus (HTLV-I/II) Syphilis (Treponema pallidum) West Nile virus (WNV)"
Nearly every hospital in the United States has a blood bank and transfusion service. The following is a list of groups that collect blood for transfusion and not a complete list of blood banks.
== National organizations ==
American Red Cross (ARC), specifically the biomedical services division.. The ARC provides about 45% of transfused blood in the US.
America's Blood Centers, a major network of non-profit community blood centers founded in 1962.  Most of the independent blood centers on this list are ABC members, and these account for approximately half of the US blood supply.United Blood...
I believe in the US at least, they don't pay for blood, but charge for it. But this page doesn't specify.
Amazing (and recycled) fact of the day: During World War 2, the chap who inspired James Bond's 'Q' character invented garlic-flavoured chocolate, so agents being dropped into France would have authentic-smelling breath.