Petition to Challenge Canadian Blood Services' policy of rejecting sexually active gay blood donors. sign now

A Canadian Blood Services policy explicitly states: "all men who have had sex with another man, even once, since 1977 are indefinitely deferred [from donating blood]." The organization's rationale for adopting this policy is allegedly based on information that suggests a higher risk of HIV/AIDS infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) compared to other groups.
However, we are challenging Blood Services' practice of rejecting MSM blood donors for three reasons:

1. It is illegal under Section 5(a) of the Canadian Human Rights Act.

2. Assessing the overall proportion of HIV/AIDS infection among MSM is impossible, since the exact population of this group in Canada remains unknown.

3. Given that 54.3\% of HIV positive tests in 2004 were attributed to causes other than MSM activity, all Canadian blood donors should be equally subject to rigorous testing and screening.

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Latest Signatures

  • 05 January 2016450. Richard L
    I support this petition
  • 28 December 2015449. Amanda R
    Don't they screen the freakin blood anyway and what about those who lie and say they are straight?? Come on you know it's happened.
  • 26 December 2015448. Noah A
    this policy is redundant because even if it were true that HIV/AIDS is a 'gay disease' blood is, and should be rigorously tested, irregardless of the person it comes from. Refusing blood from msm seems like a convenient excuse when tainted blood is found
  • 23 December 2015447. Kevin L
    I support this petition
  • 01 December 2015446. Marnie D
    Please change this.
  • 30 October 2015445. Robert T
    I support this petition
  • 08 October 2015444. Alison Davis
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  • 22 September 2015443. Wes Kemp
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  • 10 September 2015442. Jonny S
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  • 09 September 2015441. Janine F
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  • 26 August 2015440. Jake P
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  • 25 August 2015439. Matthew M
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  • 20 August 2015438. Sven B
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  • 13 August 2015437. Shawn W
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  • 07 August 2015436. Lance H
    I support this petition
  • 05 August 2015435. Jade B
    This is a ridiculous clause, as I personally have know a few woman who were definitely more of a risk for HIV than my brother who is gay
  • 31 July 2015434. Yuki Hopkins
    I support this petition
  • 29 July 2015433. Nicole J
    I support this petition
  • 26 July 2015432. Ryan A
    I hear commercials all the time about how giving blood saves lives, it makes me feel horrible that I can't donate because of this silly policy. It's telling me that I could save lives, but I'm not allowed to. This has to change.
  • 22 July 2015431. Gwen J
    I support this petition
  • 09 July 2015430. Santino O
    I am not some "gay rights" activist, cause we already have them. On the other hand it is the year 2006 and things have changed.
  • 06 July 2015429. Richard B
    I support this petition
  • 19 June 2015428. Ashley R
    I support this petition
  • 21 May 2015427. Miguel N
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  • 07 May 2015426. Roby S
    I support this petition
  • 19 April 2015425. Victoria C
    I support this petition
  • 19 April 2015424. Brigitte R
    I support this petition

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