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Iatrogenic transmission fueled early spread of HIV pandemic in Africa

The association of blood-borne viruses and previous IV procedures among aged residents of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, may suggest the rapid emergence of HIV in this region during the mid-20th century was driven by iatrogenic transmission, according to a recently published study.

Published
22 January 2016
From
Healio
I'm an HIV Activist, and I Support the FDA Gay Blood Ban

There's been a lot of talk about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on gay blood, and it's time to set the record straight. The blood ban for sexually active gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) is necessary. It's not a question of discrimination; it's a question of public health.

Published
20 January 2016
From
The Body
#BloodEquality Launched to Protest FDA's New Policy on Gay Blood Donors

The FDA formally lifted the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual male blood donors. They can now donate if they've been celibate a year.

Published
23 December 2015
From
Poz magazine news
US to allow gay men to be blood donors

The US Food and Drug Administration will allow gay men to donate blood if they have been celibate for one year.

Published
22 December 2015
From
BBC Health
Medic at Center of Cambodian HIV Outbreak Sentenced to 25 Years

Yem Chrin, the 56-year-old village medic who has been blamed for spreading HIV to more than 270 residents of rural Roka commune in Battambang province, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday morning.

Published
03 December 2015
From
The Cambodia Daily
France to Lift Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

France will lift a ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men starting next year, officials announced Wednesday, joining a growing list of countries that have loosened or scrapped such restrictions, which many see as outdated vestiges of the 1980s AIDS crisis.

Published
06 November 2015
From
New York Times
Cambodian on Trial for Infecting More Than 100 With HIV

A lawyer says an unlicensed medical practitioner who infected more than 100 villagers in northwestern Cambodia with HIV by reusing unclean needles has appeared in court to face three charges, including murder.

Published
20 October 2015
From
ABC News
Gay Men and Blood Donation - Are We Focusing on the Wrong Inequality?

For so much activism to focus on blood donation rules is to get fixated on the wrong inequality. What should be getting all of us outraged is the reason for this different blood donation treatment - the vastly higher rate of HIV amongst gay men compared with the general population.

Published
12 June 2015
From
Huffington Post
European Court of Justice justifies some bans on donated gay blood

Lifetime bans on gay men donating blood may be justified as long as authorities have no access to “less onerous” methods of keeping blood supplies free from sexual infections, according to a ruling from the EU’s highest court.

Published
01 May 2015
From
Financial Times
Blood scandal victims condemn Penrose inquiry

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal have reacted angrily to the findings of a long-awaited inquiry, branding the report a “waste of time and money”.

Published
26 March 2015
From
Scotsman

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

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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