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Cambodia: Needle demand too high

As a Kandal village braces for an investigation into a cluster of HIV cases, the US Centers for Disease Control on Friday published a new report on the now-infamous HIV outbreak in Battambang’s Roka commune, pointing to high demand for medical injections and a lack of training as risk factors the government should address.

22 February 2016
Phnom Penh Post
Infected blood: reform of financial and other support

Seeks views on the reforms to the support for those affected by hepatitis C or HIV from historic NHS blood treatments.

26 January 2016
Department of Health
Iatrogenic transmission fueled early spread of HIV pandemic in Africa

The association of blood-borne viruses and previous IV procedures among aged residents of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, may suggest the rapid emergence of HIV in this region during the mid-20th century was driven by iatrogenic transmission, according to a recently published study.

22 January 2016
I'm an HIV Activist, and I Support the FDA Gay Blood Ban

There's been a lot of talk about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on gay blood, and it's time to set the record straight. The blood ban for sexually active gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) is necessary. It's not a question of discrimination; it's a question of public health.

20 January 2016
The Body
#BloodEquality Launched to Protest FDA's New Policy on Gay Blood Donors

The FDA formally lifted the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual male blood donors. They can now donate if they've been celibate a year.

23 December 2015
Poz magazine news
US to allow gay men to be blood donors

The US Food and Drug Administration will allow gay men to donate blood if they have been celibate for one year.

22 December 2015
BBC Health
Medic at Center of Cambodian HIV Outbreak Sentenced to 25 Years

Yem Chrin, the 56-year-old village medic who has been blamed for spreading HIV to more than 270 residents of rural Roka commune in Battambang province, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday morning.

03 December 2015
The Cambodia Daily
France to Lift Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

France will lift a ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men starting next year, officials announced Wednesday, joining a growing list of countries that have loosened or scrapped such restrictions, which many see as outdated vestiges of the 1980s AIDS crisis.

06 November 2015
New York Times
Cambodian on Trial for Infecting More Than 100 With HIV

A lawyer says an unlicensed medical practitioner who infected more than 100 villagers in northwestern Cambodia with HIV by reusing unclean needles has appeared in court to face three charges, including murder.

20 October 2015
ABC News
Gay Men and Blood Donation - Are We Focusing on the Wrong Inequality?

For so much activism to focus on blood donation rules is to get fixated on the wrong inequality. What should be getting all of us outraged is the reason for this different blood donation treatment - the vastly higher rate of HIV amongst gay men compared with the general population.

12 June 2015
Huffington Post

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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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