Canada Lifts Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

Aug 15, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: EDGE

This summer, Canada lifted a 30-year ban on blood donations from gay men, but some restrictions still apply.

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“ TRUTH : NOT EXPEDIENCE”

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Aug 15, 2013
 
It's a step in the right direction if only the US would follow their lead.

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Aug 15, 2013
 
They still need to be celibate for 5 years; not much of an improvement.

I've been in a 26+ year committed relationship, and at WAY less risk for contracting HIV than the average single hetero who can donate blood 5 minutes after having anonymous sex in the alley behind the Red Cross bloodmobile.

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Desmond wrote:
Word of advice:
DON'T GET A BLOOD TRANSFUSION IN CANADA UNLESS YOU WANT AIDS!


Pssst, gay men donate blood in the US all the time. We just don't tell anyone we're gay and they accept our blood just like everyone else.

So you better not get a blood transfusion in ANY country.

Since: Apr 08

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Aug 15, 2013
 
Every unit of blood that is donated in Canada is tested for infectious diseases, including HIV, before it is allowed to be used.

Reducing the pool of potential donors based on nothing more than prejudice is idiotic.

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Aug 15, 2013
 
Jerome wrote:
I just scratched Canada off my vacation list, don't want to risk travelling there and need a blood transfusion, don't want to catch no filthy queer disease.
Hello Jamaica, here I come:)
You think they don't have gays in Jamaica?

And since they're even more closeted down there, it's even MORE likely their gay men are donating blood pretending to be straight.

You can run but you can't hide. We're EVERYWHERE, and we're donating blood all the time.

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Aug 15, 2013
 
Jerome wrote:
I just scratched Canada off my vacation list, don't want to risk travelling there and need a blood transfusion, don't want to catch no filthy queer disease.
Hello Jamaica, here I come:)
Nobody wants sex tourists like you spreading diseases.

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Aug 15, 2013
 
Jerome wrote:
<quoted text>My Grandfather had open heart surgery and required a blood tansfusion, they gave him some queer infested blood and he died from AIDS a few years later...I hate you queers!!!
Too bad you didn't catch it from him.

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Aug 15, 2013
 
Catholic created gay wrote:
It's a step in the right direction if only the US would follow their lead.
US blood collectors _pay_ for blood, which means anyone poor and looking for a buck will try to donate. For the homeless, intravenous drug users and others, it's a source of income. The US system is rife with diseases that need to be tested for before the blood can be used.

In Canada, however, ALL blood donation is voluntary, there is no profit motive. Those who want to donate will almost certainly know they have no communicable diseases, or will find out when their blood is tested. Those mentioned above who are at high risk of having HIV or other diseases are unlikely to try and donate since they get nothing out of it. The Canadian system is far less likely to have infected donors.

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Jerome wrote:
I just scratched Canada off my vacation list, don't want to risk travelling there and need a blood transfusion, don't want to catch no filthy queer disease.
Hello Jamaica, here I come:)
Thanks much, we don't need you here. Of course, I know you are actually never travel anywhere and your comment is so much trollshit, but if it were true, that's what I'd say.

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Aug 16, 2013
 
Jerome wrote:
<quoted text>My Grandfather had open heart surgery and required a blood tansfusion, they gave him some queer infested blood and he died from AIDS a few years later...I hate you queers!!!
More likely your grandfather was secretly gay and had HIV all along.

Not surprising he wouldn't reveal his homosexuality to such a bigoted grandson.

He has my sympathy, you don't.

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P_Smith wrote:
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US blood collectors _pay_ for blood, which means anyone poor and looking for a buck will try to donate. For the homeless, intravenous drug users and others, it's a source of income. The US system is rife with diseases that need to be tested for before the blood can be used.
In Canada, however, ALL blood donation is voluntary, there is no profit motive. Those who want to donate will almost certainly know they have no communicable diseases, or will find out when their blood is tested. Those mentioned above who are at high risk of having HIV or other diseases are unlikely to try and donate since they get nothing out of it. The Canadian system is far less likely to have infected donors.
Actually the US stopped paying for blood donations long ago, primarily because it drew high risk donors like prostitutes, IV drug users, etc.

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WeTheSheeple wrote:
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Actually the US stopped paying for blood donations long ago, primarily because it drew high risk donors like prostitutes, IV drug users, etc.
Apparently you can still get paid in the USA for donating plasma. They talk about it at http://bloodbanker.com/plasma/plasma-donation...
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WeTheSheeple wrote:
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Actually the US stopped paying for blood donations long ago, primarily because it drew high risk donors like prostitutes, IV drug users, etc.
And FAGG@TS!

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Drake wrote:
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And FAGG@TS!
Haven't you heard? All gay people are rich so we don't need the money.

We do it just for the sheer joy of infecting bigots like you!

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Gay And Proud wrote:
Every unit of blood that is donated in Canada is tested for infectious diseases, including HIV, before it is allowed to be used.
Reducing the pool of potential donors based on nothing more than prejudice is idiotic.
What's the accuracy on those tests? And is there not a window in which a test would not pick up HIV due to the activity being too recent?

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The AssTroll Stopper wrote:
There's a reason why Queers can't donate blood in the US
Actually we CAN and DO donate blood in the US all the time.

If you've ever had a transfusion, you likely have the gay blood circulating in you right now.

I guess that explains your penchant for trolling on gay topics all the time.

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Apatheist wrote:
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What's the accuracy on those tests? And is there not a window in which a test would not pick up HIV due to the activity being too recent?
Yes, it can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks for antibodies to reach the detectable level in the blood, but that applies regardless of whether the donor is gay or straight. That's why the ban should be on ALL unprotected sex within the past 2 months, gay or straight.

There is simply no reason to ban someone who has had only one sexual partner for the past 5 or 10 or 20 or 30 years simply because that one partner happens to be a man as well, especially when they allow a woman who has had 1000's of sexual partners in the past year to donate- even when they're wiping the semen off their thighs from their last encounter as they sit in the donor chair.

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The AssTroll Stopper wrote:
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Yep, I see what you mean. They also go after little boys, those vile creatures.
No, those would be pedophiles- the overwhelming majority of whom are heterosexual.

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The AssTroll Stopper wrote:
There's a reason why Queers can't donate blood in the US
Hi, TATS, how's the action today in your mama's bedroom? Are you getting a piece?

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Aug 17, 2013
 
SlipKid wrote:
Sometimes it seems as if equality comes with way to much debate. There will be a time some day, when we will have the right to choose what is objectionable for us as individuals and not be silenced by political correctness.
If you're such a wimp that you're "silenced by political correctness", then you don't deserve the freedom you desire.

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