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Congress Votes To End The Outdated Ban On HIV Organ Transplants And Research

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives gave final approval to the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, a bill that will end a 25-year ban on using HIV-positive donors’ organs for any purpose, including medical research.

13 November 2013
NAT comments - lifetime ban on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland is 'irrational'

NAT welcomes Friday's  ruling in the High Court of Belfast that the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland is 'irrational'.  Northern Ireland has been out of step with the rest of the UK on this issue for two years, with England, Scotland and Wales overturning the lifetime ban in 2011 in the face of scientific evidence.     

15 October 2013
NAT press release
NICE consultation on harm reduction for people who inject drugs - recommends services for people using steroids and image-enhancing drugs

Tens of thousands of people across England and Wales inject drugs like heroin and anabolic steroids each year, with others turning to botulinum toxin products or other cosmetic injections like tanning agents. Now, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is updating its guidance on how best to provide needle and syringe programmes to encourage people who use these drugs to access other health services and prevent the spread of blood-borne diseases like HIV and hepatitis C. A consultation has begun on the provisional update so organisations can have their say.

26 September 2013
NICE press release
Gay Blood Donors Ban Endures In The U.S., Despite Lacking 'Sound Science'

The U.S. gay-rights movement has achieved many victories in recent years – on marriage, military service and other fronts. Yet one vestige of an earlier, more wary era remains firmly in place: the 30-year-old nationwide ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.

16 September 2013
Huffington Post
Italy ordered to pay more for bad blood victims

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ordered Italy to increase compensation payments to victims of contaminated blood transfusions, saying they should have been indexed to inflation.

04 September 2013
Global Post
Russian lawmaker proposes banning gays from donating blood

Dyegtyaryov, who represents the nationalist LDPR party in parliament's lower house, the Duma, said the proposed move would help staunch Russia's HIV-AIDS epidemic. Many experts, however, say Russia's high drug addiction rates pose a greater HIV threat.

28 August 2013
Gay California Mayor Starts Petition to End U.S. Gay Blood Ban

After hosting a blood drive on city property but being banned from donating his own blood, he created an online petition. 

22 August 2013
Poz magazine news
HIV via blood transfusion on the rise

571 persons in Andhra Pradesh have been allegedly infected with the HIV virus through blood transfusion in the last four years. Experts attribute such infections to rampant malpractices among blood banks and hasty oversight on the part ...

20 August 2013
Times of India
New NHS guidelines on doctors and nurses with HIV will change lives

The NHS used to impose restrictions on the jobs HIV-positive doctors and nurses could do. Here we meet two nurses who will benefit from new guidelines that allow them to work anywhere they choose.

19 August 2013
The Guardian
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

15 August 2013
Keith Alcorn

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap