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Lifting U.S. Gay Blood Ban Could Increase Supply by 2% to 4%

Such an increase could help save the lives of more than 1.8 million people nationwide each year. 

Published
01 October 2014
From
Poz magazine news
From HIV to Ebola: How to protect health workers in West Africa

What can we learn from the global response to HIV and AIDS that can be applied now to aid workers dealing with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa? Mead Over, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, urges donors to help affected governments protect health workers in Ebola-affected areas.

Published
19 August 2014
From
Devex
Scottish dentist sacked for failing to reveal HIV positive status

Health chiefs said the dentist had to be suspended over “dishonest conduct” when he failed to disclose his HIV status.

Published
07 August 2014
From
PinkNews.co.uk
South African healthcare workers face greater risk for TB, HIV

A large-scale survey of South African healthcare workers has revealed major gaps in workplace protection against tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis.

Published
17 February 2014
From
Science Daily
HIV-Positive Nurse Tried by Media

Uganda’s first court case dealing with criminalization of HIV transmission could have far-reaching consequences. Rosemary Namubiru, a nurse, stands accused of exposing a child to HIV during the course of administering an injection. The incident incited a media firestorm, leading to Namubiru’s arrest and trumped-up charges of attempted murder.

Published
12 February 2014
From
AIDS Free World
UK: Management of HIV infected healthcare workers performing exposure prone procedures

In August 2013, the Chief Medical Officer for England announced a change in policy to remove restrictions on Healthcare Workers (HCW) with HIV practising Exposure-Prone Procedures (EPPs). Public Health England (PHE) has now published interim guidance on the implementation of this policy.

Published
31 January 2014
From
Public Health England
Congress Votes To End The Outdated Ban On HIV Organ Transplants And Research

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives gave final approval to the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, a bill that will end a 25-year ban on using HIV-positive donors’ organs for any purpose, including medical research.

Published
13 November 2013
From
ThinkProgress
NAT comments - lifetime ban on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland is 'irrational'

NAT welcomes Friday's  ruling in the High Court of Belfast that the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland is 'irrational'.  Northern Ireland has been out of step with the rest of the UK on this issue for two years, with England, Scotland and Wales overturning the lifetime ban in 2011 in the face of scientific evidence.     

Published
15 October 2013
From
NAT press release
NICE consultation on harm reduction for people who inject drugs - recommends services for people using steroids and image-enhancing drugs

Tens of thousands of people across England and Wales inject drugs like heroin and anabolic steroids each year, with others turning to botulinum toxin products or other cosmetic injections like tanning agents. Now, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is updating its guidance on how best to provide needle and syringe programmes to encourage people who use these drugs to access other health services and prevent the spread of blood-borne diseases like HIV and hepatitis C. A consultation has begun on the provisional update so organisations can have their say.

Published
26 September 2013
From
NICE press release
Gay Blood Donors Ban Endures In The U.S., Despite Lacking 'Sound Science'

The U.S. gay-rights movement has achieved many victories in recent years – on marriage, military service and other fronts. Yet one vestige of an earlier, more wary era remains firmly in place: the 30-year-old nationwide ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.

Published
16 September 2013
From
Huffington Post
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