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Poor infection control procedures lead to HIV transmissions at haemodialysis centre in Saudi Arabia

Breaches in infection control procedures were associated with genetically linked HIV transmissions among people receiving haemodialysis in Saudi Arabia, investigators report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

04 June 2014
Michael Carter
South African healthcare workers face greater risk for TB, HIV

A large-scale survey of South African healthcare workers has revealed major gaps in workplace protection against tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis.

17 February 2014
Science Daily
HIV-Positive Nurse Tried by Media

Uganda’s first court case dealing with criminalization of HIV transmission could have far-reaching consequences. Rosemary Namubiru, a nurse, stands accused of exposing a child to HIV during the course of administering an injection. The incident incited a media firestorm, leading to Namubiru’s arrest and trumped-up charges of attempted murder.

12 February 2014
AIDS Free World
UK: Management of HIV infected healthcare workers performing exposure prone procedures

In August 2013, the Chief Medical Officer for England announced a change in policy to remove restrictions on Healthcare Workers (HCW) with HIV practising Exposure-Prone Procedures (EPPs). Public Health England (PHE) has now published interim guidance on the implementation of this policy.

31 January 2014
Public Health England
Congress Votes To End The Outdated Ban On HIV Organ Transplants And Research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

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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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