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.
8| I can’t even
Tiiiiiny steps fdskgjasdfasdf
The question they asked was actually “have you had sex with another man even just once since 1977?” so now it will probably be “have you had sex with another man in the last five years?”
Obviously, the concept of “having sex” is the vaguest thing ever and it’s not defined anywhere so that’s impressive. (I might have written an email asking what their definition of having sex is, so there will be a follow-up!)
Most dictionaries define “having sex” as “having sexual intercourse”, and then they tend to define sexual intercourse as penis-in-vagina. I have decided to, for once, use this horribly crap heteronormative definition for gain and profit!
TWO MEN CAN’T REALLY HAVE SEX! IT’S IN THE DICTIONARY! GO FORTH AND GIVE BLOOD!