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November 30, 2005

Homosexual's family demands other put in danger to spare their feelings

From the Tucsan Citizen...

Albert Soto, a Tucson actor and community activist who died Saturday, intended to donate his eyes and tissue after death, but both were rejected because he was gay.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established guidelines allowing centers to reject donations from men who have had sex with men within the past five years, said Sara Pace Jones, a spokeswoman with the Donor Network of Arizona.

Soto, an administrator with the Tucson Pima Arts Council, died after suffering a stroke on Thanksgiving Day. Though Soto, 51, intended to be an organ donor, the organ recovery network rejected his donations.

The decision has outraged Soto’s family members. They are trying to rally the support of local elected officials to have the guidelines changed.

Imagined how outraged the family of the organ recipient would have been had their loved one contracted AIDS because officials didn't want to hurt someone's feelings. Men who have sex with other men are at high risk for contracting HIV. Now while I personally am convinced the whole HIV thing is a hoax, those making the decision firmly believe it, and as harmless as it may be in reality, the HIV virus would be responded to with drugs that would severely damage the organ recipient.

I wasn't able to give blood for a long time because I am on medication for seizures. I didn't demand they try to take my blood anyway, I just accepted it and went on.

Posted by Danny Carlton at November 30, 2005 05:21 AM

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