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Marrow Matters | /var/blog
This weekend, a friend of mine sent me a link to the Be The Match registry, which allows people to register to donate bone marrow. Because of the very small chance of finding a match, the registry is in need of more donors, particularly for certain ethnic groups. The process is simple. You register to receive a kit. When it arrives in the mail, you take a cheek swab and send them the sample. If a patient matches your sample, you receive a call and have the option of being a donor. But when I tried to register, I saw this. (In case you can't read it, it says: "7. (Men only) In the past 5 years have you had sex, even once with another male?") I tested it out. Sure enough, if you select 'yes', the site will not let you take the test. It doesn't stop you from donating marrow - it stops you from even taking the test to find out if you are a match. This seems silly to me for a few reasons. And if anybody can explain this to me, I'd honestly appreciate it, as it makes no