The government of Canada has lifted the ban on gay males donating blood

On Thursday, Canada announced the easing of prohibitions on homosexual and bisexual men donating blood, which stretch back to the HIV/AIDS pandemic of the 1980s and 1990s.

Instead, all donors, regardless of gender or sexuality, will be evaluated for high-risk sexual behaviors.

 

The health agency said in a statement that “under the new screening strategy, Canadian Blood Services will implement a sexual behavior-based donor-screening questionnaire that will apply to all donors of blood and plasma.”

 

The policy change, which is set to take effect in September, is described as “a big step toward a more inclusive blood donation system.”

 

This comes after a series of modifications to the blood donation system over the last decade, with deferral periods for gay males lowering from a lifelong ban to three months in 2019.

 

This meant that at the time, males who had sex with other men couldn’t donate blood because they had intercourse in the hours leading up to the donation.

 

Advocates have claimed for years that the regulation is discriminatory and not founded on science.

 

According to Health Canada’s research, the current risk of catching HIV via the blood supply, based on all samples analyzed, is “extremely low,” at 1 in 20.7 million.

 

In addition, no HIV-positive donations had been made in recent years, according to the report.

 

After a tainted blood incident in which thousands of Canadians were infected with HIV after obtaining transfusions, an unequivocal ban on gay men donating blood was enacted in 1992.

 

The Canadian Red Cross, which at the time managed blood donations, had failed to test and screen donors appropriately.

 

According to a public probe, up to 8,000 Canadians died. People in Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom were also contaminated by blood products transferred abroad, according to Canadian media at the time.

 

France, Spain, Italy, Israel, and the United Kingdom have all lately taken steps to ease limits on blood donations.

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