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Ban lifted for NHS staff with HIV

The government is to lift a ban that stops healthcare staff with HIV performing certain medical procedures.

Published
15 August 2013
From
BBC
US: Bill to lift ban on HIV positive organ donation passes House committee

The HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (HOPE), which is sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans would allow organs from HIV positive people to be donated to HIV positive recipients, and more so would allow researchers to study the safety of such practice.

Published
19 July 2013
From
PinkNews.co.uk
American Medical Association Opposes Gay Blood Ban

During a board meeting Tuesday, the American Medical Association voted to oppose the US Food and Drug Administration policy on blood donation. "The lifetime ban on blood donation for men who have sex with men is discriminatory and not based on sound science," AMA board member William Kobler said in a statement.

Published
21 June 2013
From
Advocate
Doctors call for law to protect them against HIV

Leading doctors are calling for a change in the law, so that unconscious patients can be tested for HIV if those treating them get injured.

Published
03 June 2013
From
The Telegraph
CANADA: Stop Paid Blood Donor Clinics in Toronto, Victims Say

Canadians who contracted HIV and hepatitis C virus through tainted blood transfusions during the 1980s and the victims’ families are protesting the proposed licensing of three private plasma clinics in Toronto.

Published
24 May 2013
From
CDC National Prevention Information Network
CANADA: Celibate Homosexual Men Now Allowed to Donate Blood in Canada

Health Canada is lifting the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with other men. Starting July 22, 2013, men who have abstained from sexual intercourse with other men for at least five years will be able to donate blood.

Published
24 May 2013
From
CDC National Prevention Information Network
New EU regulations to protect healthcare workers from sharps injuries

Both NHS employers and staff need to be aware of and take action on new European legislation concerning the prevention of injuries from sharp medical devices.

Published
22 May 2013
From
NHS Confederation
HIV nurse slams Australia needle danger

AUSTRALIA is way behind the US and Europe in protecting medical workers from sharp objects, says a former US nurse who contracted HIV and hepatitis C through a needle injury.

Published
17 May 2013
From
The Australian
HIV-Positive Patient Wins Suit Over Doc’s “Unreasonable Fear”

A California appeals panel has reversed a lower court verdict denying the claims of an HIV-positive woman whose surgery was canceled at the last minute by an anesthesiologist who was worried he might contract the disease.

Published
30 April 2013
From
Lawyers.com
HIV warning over illegal tattooists

Illegal unlicensed tattoo parlours are putting customers at risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis, council bosses warn.

Published
28 April 2013
From
BBC Health

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