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US: Only 1 Confirmed Case of Occupational HIV Acquisition Since 1999

Only a single health care worker was confirmed to have acquired HIV on the job between 2000 and 2013, according to the CDC.

Published
14 January 2015
From
AIDSMeds
Judge says Edwin Poots was biased in gay men blood ban

Former Stormont health minister Edwin Poots’ ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland was infected by apparent bias, a High Court judge ruled yesterday. Mr Justice Treacy also held there had been a “very troubling lack of candour” and attempt by the Democratic Unionist MLA to conceal the fact he had taken a decision to maintain the lifetime prohibition. He also backed claims by lawyers for a homosexual man that Assembly comments showed Mr Poots stance was influenced by his Christian beliefs.

Published
09 January 2015
From
The Irish Times
Cambodia: Government Targets Unlicensed Medics Amid HIV Outbreak

As the number of villagers testing positive for HIV continues to climb in Battambang province’s Roka commune, the Health Ministry is scrambling to rein in the illegal medical practices that may have led to the outbreak and are widespread throughout the country.

Published
07 January 2015
From
Cambodia Daily
UK Government to consider study to allow gay, monogamous couples to donate blood

The British Government is considering whether to conduct a study into whether gay or bisexual men in monogamous, same-sex relationships should still have to wait 12 months after having sex to donate blood.

Published
07 January 2015
From
Pink News
F.D.A. Easing Ban on Gays, to Let Some Give Blood

The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a major stride toward ending what many had seen as a national policy of discrimination. However, the agency will continue to ban men who have had sex with a man in the last year, saying the barrier is necessary to keep the blood supply safe, a move that frustrated rights groups that were pushing for the ban to be removed entirely.

Published
24 December 2014
From
New York Times
Pakistani Blood Transfusions Spreading Hepatitis, HIV: Official

Lax oversight of blood banks means about a fifth of patients in Pakistan who get regular transfusions have been infected with hepatitis, a top government health official said on Friday. Some also get HIV.

Published
09 December 2014
From
HepatitisCNewDrugs
10 Pakistani children get HIV from blood transfusions

Ten Pakistani children have been infected with HIV after receiving tainted blood transfusions, officials said Thursday, in a "shocking" case highlighting the abysmal state of blood screening in the country.

Published
05 December 2014
From
Medical Xpress
FDA May Ease Blood Donation Ban on Men Who Have Sex With Men

An advisory committee to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressed support for a relaxation of current policy regarding blood donation among men who have sex with men (MSM) but coupled that support with a strong endorsement for nationwide strengthening of surveillance for transfusion-transmissible infections.

Published
05 December 2014
From
Medscape (free registration required)
US panel calls for easing ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men

Donations should be accepted from men who have been celibate for one year. Proposal from doctors and advocates will be forwarded to FDA for approval.

Published
14 November 2014
From
The Guardian
HIV and hepatitis scare: Dentist named as Desmond D'Mello

Public appeal launched to trace 22,000 patients treated by dentist Desmond D'Mello, who allegedly did not follow proper procedures over 32 years in Nottinghamshire.

Published
12 November 2014
From
Telegraph

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