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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
Swiss acupuncturist charged in 16 HIV infections between 2001 and 2005

A spokesman for the prosecutor said the man practiced as an unlicensed, self-styled acupuncturist — a trade which he is believed to have used between 2001 and 2005 as a pretext to prick and infect some of his victims with blood that was infected with AIDS.

Published
31 August 2012
From
Washington Post
China AIDS patients topple gate of government office

About 300 AIDS patients and their relatives tore down the main gate of a government office in central China during a protest Monday over unmet demands for financial assistance. "We want the government to give us some help," said Protester Li Xia, who like many of the protesters was infected with HIV when she sold blood in 1995. Tens of thousands of people contracted the virus that causes AIDS in a blood-selling scandal in Henan in the 1990s that is widely seen as a failure of government leadership.

Published
28 August 2012
From
Business Week
Hepatitis C-The "Diabetes-Curious" and Self Inkers/Piercers at Risk

Viral hepatitis B and C, which can cause life-threatening damage to the liver, can be the unintended consequence of two recent social trends: diabetes curiosity and self-inking/piercing. 'Diabetes curiosity' refers to those who use someone else’s lancet and glucose meter diabetes testing devices to prick themselves to test their own blood sugar levels. Self-inkers/piercers are people who use needles or other devices to create tattoos or pierce themselves or friends. In both cases, a life-threatening hepatitis infection can spread quickly from one person to another. “We have concerns about people borrowing someone else’s diabetes testing equipment to see what their own blood sugar levels are,” said State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD. “With these devices now commonplace, the testing process can generate curiosity. Parents need to know and remind children who use the devices not to share them with others, and parents of non-diabetic children should teach everyone in their family to never, ever experiment with another person’s insulin-related equipment.”

Published
22 August 2012
From
HCV New Drugs Research
Recipient of HIV-positive heart sues hospitals

A National Cheng Kung University Hospital (NCKUH) heart transplant patient has sued doctors from the hospital and from National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) for mistakenly transplanting into him an HIV-positive heart from a donor in Hsinchu.

Published
22 August 2012
From
Focus Taiwan
Stephen Stein, Oral Surgeon, Accused Of Reusing Needles And Putting 8,000 People At Risk For HIV And Hepatitis

As many as 8,000 people could be at risk for HIV and hepatitis after a Colorado oral surgeon was accused of reusing needles on his patients over the last decade, according to news reports.

Published
17 July 2012
From
Huffington Post

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