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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
Italy ordered to pay more for bad blood victims

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ordered Italy to increase compensation payments to victims of contaminated blood transfusions, saying they should have been indexed to inflation.

Published
04 September 2013
From
Global Post
Russian lawmaker proposes banning gays from donating blood

Dyegtyaryov, who represents the nationalist LDPR party in parliament's lower house, the Duma, said the proposed move would help staunch Russia's HIV-AIDS epidemic. Many experts, however, say Russia's high drug addiction rates pose a greater HIV threat.

Published
28 August 2013
From
Reuters
Gay California Mayor Starts Petition to End U.S. Gay Blood Ban

After hosting a blood drive on city property but being banned from donating his own blood, he created an online petition. 

Published
22 August 2013
From
Poz magazine news
HIV via blood transfusion on the rise

571 persons in Andhra Pradesh have been allegedly infected with the HIV virus through blood transfusion in the last four years. Experts attribute such infections to rampant malpractices among blood banks and hasty oversight on the part ...

Published
20 August 2013
From
Times of India
New NHS guidelines on doctors and nurses with HIV will change lives

The NHS used to impose restrictions on the jobs HIV-positive doctors and nurses could do. Here we meet two nurses who will benefit from new guidelines that allow them to work anywhere they choose.

Published
19 August 2013
From
The Guardian
UK healthcare workers with HIV to be cleared for dental and surgical work

Healthcare workers in the United Kingdom living with HIV will be permitted to carry out exposure-prone surgical and dental procedures from April 2014, the Department of Health

Published
15 August 2013
By
Keith Alcorn
Modernisation of HIV rules to better protect public

Public protection against HIV will be strengthened under new plans to help people get diagnosed and treated earlier, Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies announced today.

Published
15 August 2013
From
UK Department of Health
HIV-infected healthcare workers - consultation response

The department concluded that the guidance on the management of healthcare workers with HIV should be revised. As a result healthcare workers with HIV will carry out certain surgical and dental procedures if they are on effective treatment, have very low or undetectable levels of HIV in the blood, and are regularly monitored by both their treating and occupational health physicians.

Published
15 August 2013
From
UK Department of Health
NAT statement on modernising HIV rules

NAT (National AIDS Trust) welcomes the changes to the guidance on HIV positive healthcare workers undertaking exposure-prone procedures as we believe it is vitally important that policies are based on up-to-date scientific evidence and not on fear, stigma or outdated information.

Published
15 August 2013
From
NAT press release

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