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India: HIV-infected, recycled syringes sting Kolkata

It is wobbly with a crooked needle and a depressed piston. The tip looks blunt, the cap is loose and the tube has a pale exterior. 'For single use only', says the instruction printed on the syringe but it looks far from a fresh one, safe enough for use.

Published
02 August 2011
From
Times of India
US: HHS to study lifting ban on gay blood donors

The Department of Health & Human Services has identified four areas of study to pursue before the regulatory ban on gay men donating blood can be lifted.

Published
28 July 2011
From
Washington Blade
Canada: Tainted-blood victims not told about compensation availability

At least 200 potential victims of Canada's tainted-blood scandal have never officially been informed they could be entitled to thousands of dollars in compensation.

Published
17 July 2011
From
Vancouver Sun
Hemophilia is Target of Therapy on Genome

Researchers using a new technique for editing the genome of living cells have shown that they can cure hemophilia in mice, at least in principle, with a couple of injections that carry out the “cut” and “paste” operations needed to insert a corrective gene.

Published
27 June 2011
From
New York Times
UK: Calls to lift ban on gay men giving blood

Ministers are dragging their heels to end the restriction despite advice from medical experts

Published
13 June 2011
From
The Independent
Allowing people with HIV to be organ donors could save lives of HIV-positive patients with kidney or liver failure

If the U.S. Congress reversed its ban on allowing people with HIV to be organ donors after their death, roughly 500 HIV-positive patients with kidney or liver failure each year could get transplants within months, rather than the years they currently wait on the list, new research suggests.

Published
25 May 2011
From
Science Daily
Dentists with HIV face 'unfair' treatment

HIV-positive dentists are campaigning to change the rule that bans them from practising.

Published
18 May 2011
From
The Guardian
China: AIDS deaths hit 'peak' as 7,700 die

AIDS deaths are believed to be peaking on the Chinese mainland as many from those infected with HIV in the 1990s because of unsanitary blood-selling schemes develop full-blown AIDS.

Published
20 April 2011
From
China.org.cn
Trust gay blood donors to tell the truth about safe sex

The government's words on gay equality ring hollow when you look at the detail of the blood donor plansAnother bell for British gay equality is ringing out across the world . The UK is to end the ban on gay men donating blood. But read the not-so-small print, and that ringing sound becomes tinny, hollow. Only gay men who have not had sex in a decade will be able to give blood.This proposal won't help the young woman with a rare blood type, knocked over by a car, bleeding profusely. This won't help the thousands of anaemic cancer sufferers needing a blood transfusion. This will help just one person: David Cameron.He can now say he is making good on the coalition's promises over gay equality. But like many of their other pledges in this area – in particular, to stop persecuted gay asylum seekers being sent back to their home country and to put pressure on foreign governments to protect their gay citizens – it's all gong and no dinner.And it affects everyone. Imagine just after reading this you receive a phone call. It's the local hospital. A member of your family has been stabbed. They tell you that there isn't enough blood locally. Would you rather your family member died or that they were given blood from a gay man who says he has never had unsafe sex?This shortage scenario is not far-fetched. Indeed, in December, during the big freeze, fears grew that we would run out, so an appeal was issued for O-negative donors. Heterosexual donors that is.But the effects go further. What message does a government send out when one group cannot give blood even if they have only ever had safe sex? Simple: "Gay men are not to be trusted over their sexual history." In contrast, straight men who pay for sex can give blood a year later. It would seem that the NHS will believe people who say they are heterosexual, but not those gay people who profess to only ever playing safe.I have always used condoms. I personally know of not a single heterosexual person who has used condoms every time they have had penetrative sex. But I do know of a heterosexual who refuses to give blood because of the ban: my mother. Unaware of the exclusions, she went along to her local clinic to become a donor. When she read the forms which detail those who are not permitted, she gave the paperwork back and announced: "If my son's blood isn't good enough for you, then nor is mine."Here's another anomaly. I am on the bone marrow register. In fact, last year the Anthony Nolan Trust contacted me because I was a potential match for a woman who needed a transplant. So, my marrow is okay but not my blood?I would happily donate blood every 16 weeks (the minimum time between donations). I would happily donate my blood to someone that despised me for being gay if it meant saving their life. But my country won't allow me to help others.Gay rightsHealth policyHealthSexual healthSexAids and HIVPatrick Strudwickguardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Published
11 April 2011
From
The Guardian
UK: HIV charities surprised at gay blood ban reports

HIV prevention charities say they are surprised at reports that the government is announce the end of the gay blood donation before a review has been completed.

Published
11 April 2011
From
Pink News

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