THIS IS MY PHOTOSHOP PROJECT FOR MY CLASS ITSN’T REAL BUT IT SHOULD BE
The Canadian Blood Services (CBS), as mandated by its regulator, Health Canada, has placed a lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with other men (MSM) anytime since 1977 meaning
currently, any man that has sex with another man, even once, is prohibited from donating blood for life
. The MSM deferral is part of the screening procedures designed to identify a variety of behaviours and circumstances known to increase risk to the safety of the blood supply.
The current policy does not, however, take into account the use of protection in sexual activity, the various risk levels of different types of sexual interaction, or the donor’s relationship status. The ban on blood donation from the MSM community is discriminatory, and based on outdated science and broad and old-fashioned stereotypes of the queer population.
The idea behind this ban was based on men who are sexually active with other men are more likely to have/contract HIV, discounting the fact that heterosexuals who practice unsafe sex may also have a higher chance of having/contracting HIV.
There is no scientific evidence that supports the ban, which has us wondering why it’s taking so long to lift this ban. This issue could easily be solved if the ban was lifted and replaced with a new ban that reads:
‘People who have unsafe sex, are not allowed to give blood.’
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