Canada: Lift Ban on Gay Blood Donations Say HIV Experts
March 7, 2008
Despite appeals Thursday from two prominent Montreal HIV/AIDS experts, officials from Canadian Blood Services and Hema-Quebec upheld a lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM).
"The tests have moved forward, but the policies of Hema-Quebec and the Canadian Blood Services are in a time warp circa 1983," Wainberg said at a news conference at the start of the sixth annual Quebec HIV symposium. "These current policies discriminate unfairly against gay men."
Wainberg cited a study that found lifting the ban could result in a single unit of contaminated blood being introduced into the Canadian blood supply every 18 years. Meanwhile, it would allow for an additional 136,000 donations each year, Gilmore said.
03.07.2008; Montreal Gazette; Canwest News Service
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