No More Gay Blood

It was long the policy that blood banks do not accept blood donations from men who have ever had sex with another man since 1977. Of course this is a reaction to the HIV epidemic that spread rapidly through the gay community in the 70s and 80s, and was by all rights an important step in protecting the general population from the deadly disease. Since the advent of more accurate testing and the rise of gay activist groups, questions have been raised about the validity of the policy. One entirely valid point made by Senator John Kerry, “A heterosexual man who had sex with a prostitute need only wait a year before giving blood.” However, is this a reason to allow gay men, or a better reason to prohibit promiscuous people in general?