- FAQ – Men Who Have Sex with Men
- FAQ – HIV Testing
- Backgrounder – Men Who Have Sex with Men
- Backgrounder – HIV Donor Testing
- Report on Donor Selection
- Men Who Have Sex with Men Criteria Change
Research: 2014 Data Summary
- Q&A with Canadian Blood Services' Chief Scientist
- Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Canadian Perspective
- Men Who Have Sex with Men Donor Deferral Risk Assessment
- Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (NAT) for Hepatitis C
- 2014 Ipsos Reid Survey
- 2012 Ipsos Reid Survey
- Letters of Support
As of Aug. 15, 2016, men who have sex with men are eligible to donate blood if they have not had sexual contact with a man for at least one year. Read more.
History and timeline
In June 2016, Health Canada approved Canadian Blood Services’ proposal to reduce the blood donation ineligibility period for men who have sex with men from five years to one year.
In 2013, the ineligibility period was reduced to five years. Before that, men who had sexual contact with another man even once since 1977 were ineligible to give blood. Moving to five years was a prudent first step in updating Canada’s donor eligibility criteria for MSM. Before making another submission to Health Canada, a minimum of two years of data was required to support further changing the deferral period.
Research projects - funding awarded
Canadian Blood Services, in partnership with Héma-Québec and with funding from Health Canada, is supporting 11 research projects investigating various aspects of blood and plasma donors’ eligibility criteria and screening process. The goal of this unique research funding program is to generate adequate evidence to inform alternative screening approaches for blood and plasma donors, which could evolve the current eligibility criteria for men who have sex with men.
A two-day meeting was held in January 2017 with national and international stakeholders to identify research priorities for closing knowledge gaps that impact donor eligibility for men who have sex with men. Read more
The MSM Research Grant Program launched Feb. 1, 2017.
Eligibility change notice - changes to blood donor guidelines
Health Canada has approved Canadian Blood Services’ request to reduce the blood donation waiting period for men who have sex with men from five years to one year. The change took effect across the country on Aug. 15, 2016. Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec, Québec’s blood operator, made the change at the same time. Read more.