Gay men still banned from giving blood.

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An Ontario court ruling has sparked anger and support.

On Thursday, the court ruled Canadian Blood Services (CBS) can continue to ban sexually active gay men from giving blood.

CBS says the controversial practice is crucial to keeping Canada's blood supply safe. "We are reassured that the court has confirmed that our policy, with respect to men who have sex with men, is not discriminatory," says Graham Sher.

Gay advocates believe the pre-screening questionnaire, given to every potential blood donor, is discriminatory.

Question 19 asks men if, since 1977, they have had sex with another man.

"It perpetuates the notion that there is something intrinsically wrong with gay people. That they're intrinsically susceptible to disease and they're all AIDS carriers," says Kelly Doctor, a lawyer for Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere.

Doctor says donation decisions should be based on a person's sexual activity, not their sexual preference. "It's about the behaviour and whether you are having unprotected sex. Women engage in risky behaviour just as much as men do."

The judge also suggested banning people because of an activity that happened 33 years in the past is too long.

Blood officials promise to review the 33-year rule but won't say if that could lead to changes.

The judge also noted that giving blood is a gift and a privilege, but not a right.

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Katherine - posted on 09/10/2010




Oh sorry Caitlyn, I wasn't yelling at you. I justcouldn't believe that.

Caitlin - posted on 09/10/2010




Oh sorry - I wasn't saying it's right, but that's the way it works.. Sadly a FULL aids/hiv screening panel isn't an instant test, making it possible to receive tainted blood, which is why they screen "at risk" habits and don't use that blood.

Joanna - posted on 09/10/2010




I agree with most of these sentiments... ANYONE can have HIV/AIDS, so discriminating against a certain sexual preference is bull. Plus, I'd rather get HIV from blood than not get any blood at all due to a shortage and die.

Katherine - posted on 09/10/2010




That doesn't even make sense Caitlyn!!! Why bother testing the blood at all then!!! So these people think they're getting "clean" blood, because it's been "tested" when in reality they might as well not bother?

Anyone can give anything to ANYONE gay, straight whatever. How infuriating!!!!!!

Caitlin - posted on 09/10/2010




They do test the blood for HIV/AIDS but the problem is that the blood is usually used before the test results come in (the test takes longer than the shelf life of the blood) so chances are all they could do after the fact is treat the person who received blood. I don't know, they do ask about your sex habits a bit, if you've had sex with a gay man, if you are a man whos had sex with a man.. I don't know, in a way it's a bit discriminatory, but they are playing the statistics. They also ask if you've ever injected drugs, and they wont take your blood either. Either way, if you've engaged in "high-risk" sexual activity, they will NOT use your blood. It's not only gay people that are being "discriminated" against, it's everyone who is high risk for HIV/AIDS and I have no problem with that.

Kate CP - posted on 09/10/2010




Pretty sure they screen blood for HIV/AIDS and why are we blocking another group of human beings from donating MUCH needed blood?

Krista - posted on 09/10/2010




I think it's discriminatory as well. If they're talking specifically about anal sex, do they not realize that there are a LOT of straight couples who engage in that particular activity? And that there are also quite a LOT of gay couples who do not?

Why can they not just ask if people a) have been tested, b) are monogamous, and c) if not, if they've engaged in unprotected sex? If someone is not monogamous and not protecting themselves, then gay, straight or whatever, I don't want their potentially clap-riddled blood, thanks.

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I think it's a whole bunch of BS. gay men, straight men, straight women... doesn't matter, anyone who has sex is at risk. Don't they test blood before they give it to someone anyway? It's discriminatory, and archaic thinking... I'm usually proud to be Canadian but this has me baffled.

To be honest, I am not going to give blood at a clinic until they stop this shit. If someone I know or someone in my family needs blood ans I can give it, I will but I am not going to a clinic. I rarely boycott helping others but this is one of those special cases.

C. - posted on 09/10/2010




Hmm.. I have to say, and you all pretty much know my stand on the whole gay issue, that I do believe that is being VERY discriminatory. Gay people can still have safe sex and NOT ALL GAY PEOPLE carry AIDS/HIV. Straight people can get it, too, just by using used needles and stuff, so.. Come on now.

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