Many Canadians probably take for granted that medicine is one area where rational investigation and a commitment to tangible and verifiable data is a fundamental requirement. Careful observers of developments in the field are noticing challenges to this assumption on a number of fronts. One of the greatest threats appears to be from homosexualist radicals who take issue with anyone who characterizes AIDS as a homosexual disease.

This became an issue again in Quebec recently with the revelation that a homosexual activist lied to blood donor services about his sexual proclivities. Quebec City resident Joel Pinard,admitted to lying in order to donate blood in May, reported the National Post last month.

It is safe to say that most Canadians probably support attempts to keep Canada’s blood supply as disease-free as possible, especially in light of the recent Hepatitis-C blood scandal which led to a federal compensation package of just over $1 billion in taxpayers’ money, as well as provincial compensation in Ontario.

One of the most serious diseases that blood collectors try to screen out of the blood they collect is HIV. As a result, blood collection agencies such as Quebec’s Hemaquebec ask people whether or not they have ever had sex with another man.

Mr. Pinard rejects the validity of such questions, objecting that they imply that HIV is a homosexual disease. Despite his rejection of such assumptions, Health Canada, as recently as May of this year, released statistics indicating that 75 per cent of AIDS cases reported to the Bureau of HIV/AIDS, STD and TB are among men who have sex with other men.

The proportion of HIV and AIDS cases among intravenous drug users and women is on the rise, but apparently nobody is doing in-depth research of these statistics to see, for example, whether or not the AIDS cases among women are due to sexual contact with bisexual men. If this is the reality, then these cases are also homosexual in origin.

Dismissing the seriousness of his fraudulent statement, Mr. Pinard said that he had abstained from sex for about two months prior to giving blood, following an HIV test in which he tested negative. As the National Post pointed out, however, HIV can take up to 19 days to be detectable, so the important question is whether Mr. Pinard abstained from homosexual “sex” for 19 days before taking the HIV test.

Hemaquebec recalled the homosexual’s blood products following his confession, but his plateletes had already been used, said agency spokesman, Andre Menard.

According to Reform health critic Dr. Grant Hill, this incident poses a serious health risk to all recipients of donated blood and should be treated very seriously. He said that he raised the issue in the House of Commons before the summer, demanding that the person be charged for “reckless endangerment.” The government responded that the case was an isolated incident. “How do we know it is an isolated incident?” Dr. Hill asked.