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BBVs in healthcare workers: health clearance and management

Guidance for health clearance of healthcare workers (HCWs) and management of those infected with bloodborne viruses (BBVs) hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

Published
26 October 2017
From
Public Health England
Contaminated blood 'cover-up' revealed in Cabinet papers

Government attempts to avoid responsibility for the contaminated blood scandal that caused the deaths of more than 2,400 people from AIDS and Hepatitis C can be revealed for the first time by Sky News.

Published
26 October 2017
From
Sky News
To tackle the contaminated blood scandal, Britain must learn from Canada

Tainted blood products have proven deadly in both countries. A new UK inquiry must draw on Canada’s struggle to secure a safe public supply.

Published
02 August 2017
From
The Guardian
UK: Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers

Blood donation rules for sex workers and gay men are being relaxed in England and Scotland after improvements in the accuracy of testing procedures. Men who have sex with men can now give blood three months after their last sexual activity instead of 12.

Published
23 July 2017
From
BBC
Contaminated blood scandal: Theresa May orders inquiry

Inquiry to look into deaths of 2,400 people after thousands were infected with hepatitis C and HIV in 1970s and 80s.

Published
11 July 2017
From
The Guardian
Air Force: As many as 135 patients may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis at Al Udeid clinic, Qatar

Improperly-cleaned medical equipment at the clinic at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar may have exposed as many as 135 patients to blood-borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C over an eight-year period.

Published
20 June 2017
From
Air Force Times
HIV blood disaster: UK families search for the truth

Jason Evans says his father was killed by contaminated blood that the government "knew was dangerous". In what is understood to be the first case of its kind, Jason is taking legal action against the government for its role in his father's death. More than 2,000 people – mostly haemophiliacs – have died after being infected with HIV and hepatitis C through blood treatments in the 1980s.

Published
10 May 2017
From
BBC
Rethinking the Ban — The U.S. Blood Supply and Men Who Have Sex with Men

The ban on donations from men who have sex with men was instituted at a time of public health panic and vast uncertainty, but 31 years later, scientific advances in testing and in understanding of disease transmission offer new tools and better ways than a sweeping ban to minimize the risk of transfusion-related HIV.

Published
17 November 2016
From
New England Journal of Medicine
Nottinghamshire dentist Desmond D'Mello struck off by General Dental Council

A dentist who sparked "the biggest NHS patient recall in history" is struck off.

Published
19 August 2016
From
BBC Health
NHS patients infected with contaminated blood to get extra payments

David Cameron announced £125m to raise ex-gratia payments to people infected with Hep C or HIV in blood scandal 30 years ago.

Published
14 July 2016
From
The Guardian
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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
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