Two decades after tainted-blood inquiry, new blood donation rules take effect in Canada

Jul 22, 2013 Full story: Brandon Sun

A new blood-donation policy came into effect across Canada on Monday, officially nixing the lifelong ban that prevented men who have had sex with men from giving blood.

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“I'm here to make friends, etc.”

Since: Sep 10

Fernandina Beach, Florida

#3 Jul 23, 2013
If they test people before donating and test the blood thoroughly afterwards I don't see why everyone who is healthy cannot donate blood, gay or straight.

“ reality, what a concept”

Since: Nov 07

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#4 Jul 23, 2013
There is a 20 day gap between initial infection and when seropositivity can be accurately detected. There does need to be a block on those who have risked exposure and not just through male on male acts, within that time frame at the very least and probably at least six months for absolute certainty. Five years is a step in the right direction, but not far enough.

Comox, Canada

#5 Jul 23, 2013
I know a fellow that died of hepatitis as result of tainted blood transfusions received while being treated for cancer.He beat cancer only to die anyway.Very sad.

“ reality, what a concept”

Since: Nov 07

this one

#7 Jul 23, 2013
Lenny wrote:
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No dear, if you had bothered to educate yourself by actually reading the article, in 1993 some 30,000 Canadians became infected either with Hepatitis C or HIV through transfusions, this in spite of a lifetime ban that had been placed on MSN almost a decade earlier. Their testing system failed them and the ban did not apply to all people who were at risk of infection, many were still qualified to donate.

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