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NY aims to prevent unsafe injections

The Safe Injection Practices Coalition, a group of healthcare-related organizations including the CDC indicated since 2001, more than 150,000 patients in the U.S. were told they may have been exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or human immunodeficiency virus because providers followed unsafe injection procedures.

Published
12 March 2013
From
UPI.com
Saudi health officials fired over HIV tainted blood

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health fired seven senior officials after a 13-year old girl was given HIV tainted blood in a transfusion, Saudi Gazette reported.

Published
18 February 2013
From
ArabianBusiness.com
HIV Experts Welcome Proposed Legislation to Allow Research on HIV-Infected Organ Donation

In addition to helping increase access to transplants for HIV-infected patients, the HOPE Act, if passed and signed into law, also has the potential to reduce deaths among those who are on transplant waiting lists and help save Medicare costs, while maintaining provisions that protect public health.

Published
15 February 2013
From
HIV Medicine Association
Bill would allow studies of organ transplants for HIV patients

A newly introduced, bipartisan bill would allow federally funded research into organ transplants between two HIV-positive people.

Published
15 February 2013
From
The Hill (blog)
Kazakhstan: Shymkent's HIV Scandal, Six Years Later

Back in 2006, the children were infected with HIV via tainted blood transfusions administered at public hospitals in Shymkent in the South Kazakhstan Region. The infections peeled back the curtain on a public health-care system that was corruption-ridden, and in which disposable syringes were reused, and blood sold for personal profit.

Published
12 December 2012
From
EurasiaNet
Medical Technician Accused in Hepatitis C Infections Is Indicted on New Charges

A traveling medical technician who is believed to have infected at least 39 people with hepatitis C through his use of stolen hospital drugs and syringes was indicted late Wednesday in New Hampshire on 14 new charges.

Published
03 December 2012
From
New York Times
Philippines: HIV-tainted blood donations continue to increase

The number of units of donated blood contaminated with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) rose by 18 percent this year, according to data from the latest Philippine HIV/AIDS Registry. The country is currently experiencing one of the shapest rises in HIV prevalence of any country in the world, largely due to sex between men.

Published
09 October 2012
From
GMA News
Dirty dentists putting patients at risk of infection

Patients are being put at risk of infection by dentists who fail to clean surgical equipment properly, research reveals.

Published
08 October 2012
From
The Telegraph
Botswana: Woman infected with HIV wins lawsuit against govt

A woman who was infected during a blood transfusion has been awarded compensation.

Published
14 September 2012
From
Mmegi Online
Op-ed: Antigay Blood Ban and What It Means to be Gay

Protesting the ban, if not exactly disloyal, is a challenge to gay solidarity; it alienates positive gay men from negative gay men... The desire to overturn the ban prompts some uncomfortable, soul-searching questions: Are some gay men more concerned with appearing “normal” than with the life-or-death issues that still affect our people? Are some gay men protesting the ban because of their fear of HIV and because of a fear of being associated with it? What are our motives here?

Published
04 September 2012
From
The Advocate

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