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Letter: Don't loosen blood donor rules

A volunteer donates blood on January 15, 2010

A volunteer donates blood on January 15, 2010 in La Paz, during a massive blood donation drive launched by the Bolivian government to help quake victims in Haiti. Photo Credit: Aizar Raldes / Getty Images

Anthony Santella, a former director of New York City HIV policy, writes that the federal government's modification for gay blood donors is still discriminatory ["Blood donation rules still stigmatize," Opinion, June 5].

My thanks to him for being very immersed in HIV/AIDS prevention. That being said, I am a blood bank technologist, and I have just one thing to ask: Are you kidding me?

Stop speaking irresponsibly. I want to have full confidence in the products I dispense to people whose health is already compromised.

Maria Poveromo, Massapequa Park

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