Canadian Blood Services: End the deferral on gay and bisexual men from donating blood
Whereas Canadian Blood Services and Hema Quebec are reconsidering their deferrals/bans; and
Whereas Canadian Blood Services has recently enacted a policy banning gay and bisexual men from donating blood if they have been sexually active with men within the last 5 years; and
Whereas Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, Sweden and the U.K. have enacted deferral periods of 1 year or less on donations from gay and bisexual men; and
Whereas this deferral singles out sexual orientation instead of sexual behaviour, treating many safe donors as risky and risky donors as safe; and
Whereas straight men, regardless of their sexual history can donate blood.
We the undersigned call upon Canadian Blood Services to end their 5 year deferral on gay and bisexual men from donating blood!
However, screening technology today provides CBS excellent safeguards against transferring tainted blood to healthy patients. In addition, HIV rates are nascent amongst African-Canadian, Aboriginal and Caribbean populations. CBS has not moved to ban them from donating, so why should gay and bisexual men be any different? Lastly, CBS policy targets sexual orientation and not sexual behaviour. CBS seems to neglect gay and bisexual men in long-term, monogamous relationships, men who consistently use condoms, or men who have had few partners. Therefore, this policy is scientifically inaccurate and unfair.
I have signed a petition on change.org to call upon Canadian Blood Services to end the 5 year deferral on gay and bisexual men from donating blood. There are many Canadians each day who depend upon blood transfusions, and this deferral prevents their right to receive them.
Please support me and Canadians needing blood by signing this petition. It takes only a few seconds. Canadians waiting for blood will be thankful to you for giving them another day.