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Pakistani Blood Transfusions Spreading Hepatitis, HIV: Official

Lax oversight of blood banks means about a fifth of patients in Pakistan who get regular transfusions have been infected with hepatitis, a top government health official said on Friday. Some also get HIV.

Published
09 December 2014
From
HepatitisCNewDrugs
10 Pakistani children get HIV from blood transfusions

Ten Pakistani children have been infected with HIV after receiving tainted blood transfusions, officials said Thursday, in a "shocking" case highlighting the abysmal state of blood screening in the country.

Published
05 December 2014
From
Medical Xpress
FDA May Ease Blood Donation Ban on Men Who Have Sex With Men

An advisory committee to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressed support for a relaxation of current policy regarding blood donation among men who have sex with men (MSM) but coupled that support with a strong endorsement for nationwide strengthening of surveillance for transfusion-transmissible infections.

Published
05 December 2014
From
Medscape (free registration required)
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
HIV infection due to unsafe medical injections may have fallen by almost 90% worldwide in decade after 2000

The number of HIV infections in low- and middle-income countries acquired due to unsafe medical injections fell by 87% between 2000 and 2010, investigators report in PLOS

Published
17 June 2014
By
Michael Carter
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