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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
Northern Ireland: Gay Blood Ban Debated in High Court

Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots’ decision to maintain the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland has been debated in the country’s High Court.

Published
22 April 2013
From
Pink News
Positive hepatitis, HIV tests for dozens of patients of Oklahoma dentist

Dozens of former patients of oral surgeon Dr. Scott Harrington have tested positive for hepatitis and HIV, according to Tulsa health officials.

Published
19 April 2013
From
NBCNews.com (blog)
7000 warned of potential HIV, hepatitis exposure

About 7,000 patients of a Tulsa, Oklahoma, dental practice were being notified they could have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis over the past six years, health authorities said Thursday.

Published
29 March 2013
From
CNN

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