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A New Push to Let HIV Patients Accept Organs That Are Infected

For Mr Aldridge, 45, and other HIV patients, a potential source of kidneys and livers is off limits, because it is illegal in the United States to transplant organs from donors who test positive for the virus — even to others who test positive.

Published
11 April 2011
From
New York Times
Libyan Father: We Lied about HIV Outbreak

"My son has HIV. Gaddafi is to blame. We could not say it then. We can say it now. But the revolution means the drugs he takes every day are not coming from Tripoli," Mohammed Gadir said.

Published
04 April 2011
From
The Guardian
Could HIV-infected organs save lives?

If 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 Johns Hopkins research suggests.

Published
30 March 2011
From
Eurekalert HIV
In New York, A Rare Case of HIV Transmission From a Live Organ Donor

The New York State Department of Health alerted hospitals and transplant centers Tuesday that an organ recipient recently contracted the virus that causes AIDS  from a live kidney donor in an unnamed city hospital.

Published
17 March 2011
From
Wall Street Journal
Karnataka becomes the 1st State to adopt Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT)

In a bid to raise the bar on blood safety, the Karnataka Government announced the adoption of Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) on a State wide basis for HIV-1, HCV and HBV.

Published
15 March 2011
From
Mangalorean
Gaddafi's HIV Shakedown

By falsely accusing a Palestinian doctor and five Bulgarian nurses of infecting hundreds of children, Libya managed to blackmail its way to hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of aid.

Published
14 March 2011
From
Newsweek
Taiwan scientists document first case of knife-wound HIV infection

The world’s first case of HIV transmission via a knife wound has now been scientifically established, scientists from Taiwan reported March 10.

Published
11 March 2011
From
Taiwan Today
Libyan Ex Minister: Gaddafi, Not Bulgarians, Guilty of HIV Spread

Libya's former Justice Minister has stated that not the Bulgarian medics, but the regime of leader Muammar Gaddafi was responsible for infecting more than 400 children with HIV.

Published
24 February 2011
From
Novinite
Chinese AIDS Activist Convicted After Speaking Out

The Chinese government has handed a one-year prison sentence to AIDS activist Tian Xi for damaging property at the hospital where he was infected with HIV.

Published
21 February 2011
From
Housing Works
Canada: Gay blood ban no longer has "moral high ground"

Activists, researchers and even a former CBS executive say science already makes the case for ending the lifetime deferral.

Published
17 February 2011
From
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