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UK healthcare workers with HIV to be cleared for dental and surgical work

Healthcare workers in the United Kingdom living with HIV will be permitted to carry out exposure-prone surgical and dental procedures from April 2014, the Department of Health

Published
15 August 2013
By
Keith Alcorn
Modernisation of HIV rules to better protect public

Public protection against HIV will be strengthened under new plans to help people get diagnosed and treated earlier, Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies announced today.

Published
15 August 2013
From
UK Department of Health
HIV-infected healthcare workers - consultation response

The department concluded that the guidance on the management of healthcare workers with HIV should be revised. As a result healthcare workers with HIV will carry out certain surgical and dental procedures if they are on effective treatment, have very low or undetectable levels of HIV in the blood, and are regularly monitored by both their treating and occupational health physicians.

Published
15 August 2013
From
UK Department of Health
NAT statement on modernising HIV rules

NAT (National AIDS Trust) welcomes the changes to the guidance on HIV positive healthcare workers undertaking exposure-prone procedures as we believe it is vitally important that policies are based on up-to-date scientific evidence and not on fear, stigma or outdated information.

Published
15 August 2013
From
NAT press release
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

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