Globe and Mail: Experts argue: let gay men donate blood


It is time to drop a discriminatory policy that bars gay men from donating blood in Canada, several leading HIV-AIDS researchers said in an article published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. "We're not asking for all gay men to be able to give blood. If someone's a gay man and promiscuous, we say ‘Exclude them.’ We're trying to be balanced and moderate here," said lead author Dr. Mark Wainberg, head of AIDS research at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital and the McGill University AIDS Centre. The current policy is one that discriminates against all gay men in a permanent way and that seems a bit ... not only unfair, but it seems to be counter to the best interests of the blood agencies that chronically encounter shortages.