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Canadian Homosexuals Barred from Organ Donations as High Medical Risk

OTTAWA, January 9, 2008 ( - Sexually active homosexual men are barred from organ donation according to Health Canada rules, because of the known associations of homosexual activity with a host of dangerous diseases. The ban also includes injection drug users.

The CBC reports that many organ donor groups in the country were not aware of the rules which came into effect in December. The rule applies to any homosexual man who has been sexually active within five years.

Peter Nickerson, director of Transplant Manitoba, told CBC News that "sexual orientation and activity" would be among the list of questions asked of potential donors.

Egale Canada, the homosexual political lobby organisation, is calling on federal Health Minister Tony Clement to suspend the new policy. Egale wants a panel to be appointed to review organ donor rules.

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