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Canada Set to End Blood Donation Ban For Men Who Have Sex With Men

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Reuters reports.Instead, the department will now screen all potential donors —regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity — for what it calls “high-risk sexual behaviors.” The new regulations would prohibit anyone who has had anal sex with a new sexual partner from donating for three months.The changes are planned to be put in place by September 30.“Today’s authorization is a significant milestone toward a more inclusive blood donation system nationwide and builds on progress in scientific evidence made in recent years,” Health Canada said in a statement, the news agency reports.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed the change, saying “it’s been a long time coming.”"The current approach was discriminatory and wrong.

This is a significant milestone for moving forward on both the safety of our blood supply, but also, non-discriminatory blood practices," Trudeau said, the CBC reports.

The policy has been targeted by advocates who have called it discriminatory toward queer men. It evolved over the years. There was a complete ban on donations from men who have sex with men starting in the 1980s.

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