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Protecting the Nation's Blood Supply. Not! Nov 29, 2010

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== Protecting the Nation's Blood Supply. Not! (Nov 29, 2010) ==

In Oct 2009, the prestigious journal, Science, published a ground-breaking paper that established a link between a newly discovered retrovirus called XMRV and the horrific, disabling illness ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. One year later and still the U.S. gov't has not banned people with ME/CFS from donating blood, thereby putting at risk everyone who gets a blood transfusion. In an effort to protect their own nations' blood supplies, England, Australia, Canada and other more enlightened countries *have* banned people with ME/CFS from donating blood. In the absence of the U.S. government protecting its citizens, it is up to us to turn on the political pressure; we need to force their hand. Political pressure from the grassroots, from "the bottom up," works best. We can do this from home with a simple email/fax/phone call; contact our local and state Red Cross offices (their email addresses are found here: www.RedCross.org/where), and ask them, "XMRV: A newly discovered retrovirus. What are you doing to protect the nation's blood supply?" They will, in turn, ask their national headquarters. This way, the political pressure will come from inside the Red Cross and from the bottom up.

== Working for change together,
Rivka (Rivka@ThatTakesOvaries.org)

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