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For many years, homosexual guys across Canada have already been managing the feeling they’ve tainted bloodstream running right through their veins: that’s because, since 1983, a year after Canada’s first reported AIDS diagnosis, wellness Canada has banned bloodstream contributions from males that have intercourse with guys. The ban would be reduced from one year to three months, effective June 3 — but advocates say that the move doesn’t go far enough and that what is needed is a complete reversal in May, Health Canada announced that, at the request of Canadian Blood Services and Hйma-Quйbec.

Between 1980 and 1985, at the least 2,000 Canadians contracted AIDS through bloodstream transfusions. The general public research that followed, which went for four years and circulated its last report in 1997, lead to various unlawful costs plus in the near bankruptcy of this Canadian Red Cross. The general public reacted with paranoia and fear (an Alberta Report article from October 1997 bemoaned the “high price of homosexual sensitiveness” that had supposedly permitted the scandal that occurs); the stigma that the scandal produced continues to colour attitudes toward the blood-donation system and, more essential, toward homosexual males. (more…)