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Northern Ireland health minister accused of prejudice over ban on gay blood donors

The Health Minister has been accused of “outdated” and “irrational prejudice” over his refusal to relax the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood.

Published
22 September 2011
From
Belfast Telegraph
CDC Calls for Improved Transplant Screening

Amid growing concern about disease transmission through organ transplants in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday issued new draft guidelines recommending that all donors be screened with a more sensitive test for infections including HIV and the hepatitis C and B viruses.

Published
21 September 2011
From
Fox News
CDC Calls For Improved Transplant Screening

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday issued new draft guidelines recommending that all organ donors be screened with the most sensitive test for infections including HIV and the hepatitis C and B viruses.

Published
21 September 2011
From
Wall Street Journal
Movie Puncture Exposes Hep B&C, HIV Dangers In Needlestick Injuries For Nurses, Healthcare Workers

Captain America star Chris Evans plays an unusual attorney in Puncture who takes up the cause of a local ER nurse who contracts HIV after an accidental needlestick injury on the job. He emerges as an unlikely hero who takes on a medical device monopoly, fighting a landmark legal case to get safety needles into the hands of every American healthcare worker.

Published
20 September 2011
From
PR Newswire
Lib Dems say 12-month gay blood ban must be lifted

The Liberal Democrat party has voted to urge the government to go further on removing blood donation restrictions on gay men.

Published
20 September 2011
From
Pink News
Gay campaigners urge Northern Ireland health minister to overturn blood donation ban

Gay rights campaigners in Northern Ireland are pressuring health minister Edwin Poots to overturn the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.

Published
13 September 2011
From
Pink News
Parents Of Kyrgyz Children With HIV Plan Protest

The parents of some 40 Kyrgyz children infected with HIV through tainted blood transfusions are planning a mass protest, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Published
12 September 2011
From
Radio Free Europe
India probes child HIV cases after blood transfusions

An investigation has been launched into how 23 children who received regular blood transfusions have tested positive for HIV in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Published
12 September 2011
From
BBC
European Commissioner: Banning gay blood donors ''is illegal''

Contrary to how some countries have interpreted the 2004 European Directive on the issue, the European Commission has said that blanket bans on blood donations from gay or bisexual men are illegal.

Published
12 September 2011
From
Public Service
Gay men who use a condom should not be delayed from giving blood

Although the new donor policy is a big improvement on the existing lifetime exclusion, a 12-month ban is still excessive.

Published
09 September 2011
From
The Guardian

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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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