Expanding plasma eligibility for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men

Some sexually active gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men are now eligible to donate source plasma at our Calgary, Alberta and London, Ontario centres.

Expanding plasma donor eligibility for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men is the first time we have been able to introduce questions about sexual behaviour instead of incrementally shortening the waiting period. Our goal remains to create a system that evaluates all donors equally based on sexual risk factors, and our application to Health Canada later this year will propose a model that does this.

At our London and Calgary donor centres, if you are a man who answers “yes” to having had sex with a man in the last three months, you will be eligible to donate source plasma if:

  • You have not had a new sexual partner in the last three months,
  • You and your partner have only had sex with each other in the last three months, and
  • You meet all other criteria for donation.