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Health Canada throws caution to the wind & lifts ban on blood donations from gay men

The Star: 'Health Canada on Thursday lifted the ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men, putting an end to a practice long criticized as discriminatory and homophobic.

The regulator announced in a statement that it had authorized a submission from Canadian Blood Services to remove the current ban on donations from men who have had sex with men in the last three months.

'The new policy — which is expected to take effect by Sept. 30 — will screen all donors, regardless of gender or sexuality, for “high-risk sexual behaviours.”

'Canadian Blood Services said this will mean asking all donors whether they’ve had anal sex with new or multiple partners in the last three months.'

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