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US panel calls for easing ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men

Donations should be accepted from men who have been celibate for one year. Proposal from doctors and advocates will be forwarded to FDA for approval.

Published
14 November 2014
From
The Guardian
HIV and hepatitis scare: Dentist named as Desmond D'Mello

Public appeal launched to trace 22,000 patients treated by dentist Desmond D'Mello, who allegedly did not follow proper procedures over 32 years in Nottinghamshire.

Published
12 November 2014
From
Telegraph
HIV and hepatitis scare: 22,000 patients recalled

Patients are to undergo tests over risks they could have been treated with contaminated dental equipment over three decades. A dentist was suspended in June after a whistleblower filmed him allegedly breaching infection-control standards.

Published
12 November 2014
From
Telegraph
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
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