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May 31, 2013

Canada to Lift Lifetime Ban on Gay Blood Donation

Canadian Blood Services has modified its lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men, The Canadian Press reports. The agency will permit gay men who haven’t had sex with another man for five years to donate blood. Advocates have welcomed the change, but they also insist that the five-year deferral is still too long and discriminates against gay men. The new policy is expected to be implemented this summer.

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Randall Lloyd, Vancouver, 2013-06-06 13:59:56
a Gay man who hasn't had sex with another man in 5 years, Yeah right!!! Two gay men in a married monogamous relationship can't donate compared to a woman who has multiple partners can donate. Is there something wrong with the system? This is still Homophobia.

jacob, Ottawa, Canada, 2013-06-05 15:03:44
The blood ban is only for those who've been abstinent for 10 years or more. This 'lift' is merely an insult to actual science. It takes 13 weeks for HIV antibodies to show up in your blood, 10 years is equivalent to 20x more than science. This is more homophobia. Thanks for nothing! Jacob

Neil, Toronto, 2013-05-31 21:58:35
Five years??? YIKES! That's a long time to not have sex just so you can give blood.

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