Why so shy about Gay Blood, Canada?
Canadian Blood Services says it’s not yet softening its ban on blood from gay men, despite media reports to the contrary. 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."