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Restrictions eased on gay blood donors

OTTAWA—Health Canada is making it easier for gay men to give blood—so long as they have been celibate for one year.

Canadian Blood Services and Hema-Quebec now will be allowed to accept blood from men who have had sex with men as recently as one year ago.

“It’s certainly a step in the right direction,” federal Health minister Jane Philpott said yesterday.