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Blood-donation deferral period drops to 3 months for gay, bisexual men

Blood-donation deferral period drops to 3 months for gay, bisexual men

Previously, men had to abstain from sex with other men for 1 year

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has announced that Health Canada is lowering the ban on blood donations from men who’ve had sex with other men from one year to three months. (Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press)

The blood-donation deferral period for gay and bisexual male donors is dropping from one year to three months in Canada.

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor made the announcement on Parliament Hill in a move that was foreshadowed late last year.

“Today, we’re taking a major step towards a fair, evidence-based blood-donation system by reducing the deferral period to three months and moving towards behavioural-based screening.” said Petitpas Taylor.

The new guideline means that a gay or bisexual man has to abstain from sex with other men for three months before he can donate blood.

Kat Lanteigne, head of the safety watchdog group Blood Watch, says the best way to protect Canada’s blood supply is to screen for behaviours that might put individuals at risk of HIV infection, rather than labelling entire groups as high risk donors. (Kat Lanteigne)

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