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Hundreds of contaminated blood files ‘checked out by Government officials’

Hundreds of files relating to contaminated blood were removed by Government officials and went missing, it has emerged. A Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) investigation conducted last year following the start of the Infected Blood Inquiry found around 950 files relating to blood policy had been “checked out” by staff going back years.

Published
11 February 2019
From
ITV News
China says tests on plasma products negative for HIV

Chinese investigators said Thursday tests on a batch of a plasma product feared to have been contaminated with HIV have turned up negative for the virus that causes AIDS.

Published
07 February 2019
From
The Associated Press
Taiwan may begin allowing HIV-positive organ transplants next year

Taiwan may begin allowing HIV-positive individuals to donate organs to HIV-positive patients sometime next year, Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center Chairman Lee Po-chang (李伯璋) said Friday, hoping that the necessary legislation will be passed.

Published
30 December 2018
From
Focus Taiwan
New tainted blood scandal: Patients infected with HIV were each paid around £24,000 to sign away their rights to sue – before being told they’d also contracted hepatitis C

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal were persuaded to sign away their legal rights without knowing they had a second deadly condition, the Daily Mail can reveal.

Published
22 October 2018
From
Daily Mail
Red for HIV, yellow for hepatitis, black for death: blood inquiry puts victims first

In their smart red, yellow and black ties, the haemophiliacs could have been setting off for a day’s cricket at Lord’s. But these colours were symbolic – red for HIV, yellow for hepatitis, black for death. Many hobbled with sticks. Some were in wheelchairs. Their teeth were discoloured, chipped, or simply missing – the result of a bust immune system or avoiding the dental care that could lead to fatal bleeds.

Published
01 October 2018
From
The Guardian
'Treated like pariahs': contaminated blood victims tell their stories

Those infected or affected hope inquiry into the scandal will finally reveal the truth.

Published
26 September 2018
From
The Guardian
Contaminated blood scandal: many medical records disappeared, inquiry hears

Victims’ QC says many patients believe their experiences amount to evidence of cover-up

Published
26 September 2018
From
The Guardian
Contaminated blood scandal: Inquiry 'must uncover truth'

Emotional testimonies from people infected with HIV and hepatitis have been heard at the start of the inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal.

Published
25 September 2018
From
BBC News
NHS surgeon hid his HIV from bosses sparking nationwide alert

An NHS surgeon who kept his HIV infection secret because he feared he would be stigmatised triggered a nationwide search for people he may have contaminated, a court heard.

Published
20 June 2018
From
Daily Telegraph
Gay man refused tattoo because he's HIV-positive

PinkNewsGay man refused tattoo because he's HIV-positivePinkNewsA gay man says he was refused service at one of the UK's biggest tattoo studios – because he is HIV-positive. George Westwood, a 19-year-old Sociology student at the University of Birmingham had gone to the Vida Loca studio in Bolton, Greater ...

Published
30 May 2018
From
PinkNews
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

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We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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