Canada lifts lifetime ban on gay men ...

Canada lifts lifetime ban on gay men giving blood, but some restrictions remain

There are 5 comments on the Canada.com story from May 22, 2013, titled Canada lifts lifetime ban on gay men giving blood, but some restrictions remain. In it, Canada.com reports that:

Canada is lifting a nearly 30-year-old ban on gay men giving blood, though for the time being only those who are abstinent will be allowed to donate.

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“Building Better Worlds”

Since: May 13

Europa

#1 May 22, 2013
Good.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#2 May 22, 2013
Thank you God for answering one of my prayers in the affirmative.

“Building Better Worlds”

Since: May 13

Europa

#3 May 22, 2013
DNF wrote:
Thank you God for answering one of my prayers in the affirmative.
Obama is DEAD ?!:)

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#6 May 23, 2013
If they test the blood for diseases anyway then why does it matter who donates? It makes me wonder how accurate their testing is and would mean it's just as possible/likely to catch something from a blood transfusion that has blood of a straight person.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#7 May 23, 2013
It's a small symbolic step. Not a great one but a small step.

The reasoning behind all this still baffles me. The requirement that gay men must be abstinent for 5 years makes no sense.

As Equalityboy pointed out, they test the blood anyway so why this one sided policy?

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