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How Come Canadian Scientists Don’t Want Free Cash To Research Whether Gay Blood Is Safe?

News item: “Canadian Blood Services says it’s not yet softening its ban on blood from gay men, despite media reports to the contrary.” News item: “Two years after Canadian Blood Services created a $500,000 grant to research if and when gay men can safely donate blood, not a single scientist has applied to do the work. And officials are baffled by the reluctance. … “It’s a fully funded grant opportunity in a very interesting area of research,” [says Lorna Tessier, director of public relations for Canadian Blood Services]. Not a single research team has applied for the grant, which is jointly funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research. Tessier said she doesn’t know why. The research could ultimately open the door for gay men to be added to the donor list.” [Earlier]

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  • Franky

    I never understood why we had the ban in place at all. Quebec there are ads in pretty much all major cities asking you to give blood and yet I’m not actually allowed too. One point of shame…

  • alejandro

    @Franky: hey, yea i’m from quebec and i see the hema quebec ads everywhere!! i always wanted to give blood but when i found out i’d have to lie to do it i said fuck them.

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