This thread is not about that other reason why others can’t give blood.
I would like to donate blood. I can not for the following reason (from the American Red Cross):
You were a member of the of the U.S. military, a civilian military employee, or a dependent of a member of the U.S. military who spent a total time of 6 months on or associated with a military base in any of the following areas during the specified time frames
•From 1980 through 1990 - Belgium, the Netherlands (Holland), or Germany
•From 1980 through 1996 - Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy or Greece.
Because apparently everyone in Eurpoe has Mad Cow’s Disease. Will there ever be a time when they decide its OK and I don’t have MCD? How about those poor Europeans, do they just bleed out because none of them are allowed to donate to each other? (that is sarcasm, I do know its an ARC rule not worldwide) Will this continue to be a lifetime ban?