UK opens door to gay blood donations. Is Canada next?

Quebec activist says he'd be happy to start with donations from those who haven't had sex in a year.

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In a move that will undoubtedly be followed closely in Canada, the UK has made a move on the issue of blood donations by gay men.

The Canadian Press has the story:

TORONTO -- British authorities have partially lifted the ban on gay men giving blood and a Canadian activist is hoping Canada will follow suit.

Adrian Lomaga had filed a lawsuit against Hema-Quebec, Quebec's blood agency, arguing the lifetime ban against gay men donating blood was discriminatory.

Lomaga says he withdrew his suit in April after Health Canada lawyers told his legal team Canada was working on changes to the regulations for gay men and blood donation.

Lomaga says he'd be satisfied with the route the U.K. took -- allowing gay men who haven't had sex in the previous 12 months to donate blood.

Australia, Japan, South Africa, Sweden and New Zealand also allow gay men to donate blood with similar conditions.

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