Gay men will soon be able to donate blood in Canada for the first time since 1977.
Canadian Blood Services announced today that gay men will be able to donate blood starting this summer, as long as they have not had sex with other men in five years, and meet all other requirements. This is a change from previous policy which had a lifetime ban for donation by any men who had had sex with other men.
For those wondering, the ban was first set in place because technology had not quite allowed for proper screening of blood for HIV.
What the hell Canadian Blood Services??? You can be gay but just not have sex. Well. Okay then. :| Progress is moving a millimetre at a time, I guess.