Canada drops MSM blood donation ban to 3 months

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The period for which gay and bisexual men in Canada must abstain from sex before donating blood is set to drop from one year to three months and this decision comes into effect in a month. The change was announced on May 8th by Canada’s Health Minister Ginette Petitpas, who expressed hope that it will make the procedure of blood donation in Canada fairer and based on scientific evidence. A lifetime ban was introduced on gay and bisexual men donating blood in Canada in 1992. That ban was amended in 2013 and gay and bisexual men were then allowed to donate blood if they abstained from sex for five years. This term, in turn, was reduced to 1 year in 2016. Canadian Blood Services said they are currently undertaking staff training to be sure that the new policy will be implemented adequately.

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