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  • Knowingly exposing others to HIV should no longer be a felony, state Senate says [CA]

    06/01/2017 1:53:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/31/17 | Patrick McGreevy
    The state Senate on Wednesday voted to no longer make it a felony for someone infected with HIV to knowingly expose others to the disease by havingunprotected sex withouttelling his or her partner about the infection.The crime would be downgraded to amisdemeanor, and the billwould also apply to people who donate blood or semen without telling the blood or semen bank that they have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, or have tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the precursor to AIDS.The measure, which next goes to the Assembly for consideration, was introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco),...
  • US Blood Supply Should be Screened for Zika, FDA Says

    08/26/2016 9:51:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri August 26, 201 | Susan Scutti
    The Food and Drug Administration has recommended screening the entire US blood supply for the Zika virus, it announced today, noting that screening donated blood is already underway in Florida and Puerto Rico. The new recommendation applies "across the board to anyone collecting blood," explained Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. This includes very large blood collection establishments, such as the American Red Cross, and some very small establishments, such as academic centers, he said. The Red Cross said it will phase in universal testing. Currently, it is conducting Zika tests in five...
  • U.S. opens door to a change in blood donation policy for gay men

    07/26/2016 8:08:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 63 replies
    reuters ^ | July 26, 2016 | TONI CLARKE
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opened the door on Tuesday to a change in its blood donor deferral recommendations, which currently prohibit donations from gay men for a year following their last sexual encounter in order to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In December the FDA overturned a 30-year ban on all blood donations from men who have sex with men, saying the change was based on science showing an indefinite ban was not necessary to prevent transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus. The FDA is now signaling it may go further. Gay...
  • U. S. opens door to a change in blood donation policy for gay men

    07/26/2016 4:17:17 PM PDT · by plain talk · 25 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Toni Clarke
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opened the door on Tuesday to a change in its blood donor deferral recommendations, which currently prohibit donations from gay men for a year following their last sexual encounter in order to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In December the FDA overturned a 30-year ban on all blood donations from men who have sex with men, saying the change was based on science showing an indefinite ban was not necessary to prevent transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus. The FDA is now signaling it may go further.
  • Ban on gay men giving blood 'discriminatory': Murray, Cantwell, other senators

    06/20/2016 4:23:19 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 86 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 6/20/16 | Joel Connelly
    A partial federal ban on gay men donating blood is "discriminatory" and hurtful in that it turned away potential donors after the June 12 massacre that killed 49 men and women at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, 24 U.S. Senators said in a letter Monday. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., were among 23 Democrats and one Republican -- Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois -- who signed the letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Robert Califf. ... "Yet, some of those most touched by this tragedy -- members of the LGBT community, who are especially eager...
  • Lifting U.S. curbs on gay blood donors seen years away: experts

    06/20/2016 4:23:17 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/17/16 | Andrew M. Seaman and David Morgan
    ... Blood supply experts say the FDA will need to determine whether the move to a one-year waiting period for gay and bisexual men made the blood supply less, more or just as safe. That effort will take several years, and only then would the agency be able to consider relaxing its restrictions further, said Brian Custer, who has led a number of studies on the nation's blood supply and is associate director of the Blood Systems Research Institute (BSRI) in San Francisco. Removing the waiting period altogether would also likely require a large-scale study that tested blood samples of...
  • FDA Cancels Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Males

    12/22/2015 8:35:27 AM PST · by chuckee · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 21, 2015
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nullified a 30-year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The FDA ban, which went into effect during the 1980s AIDS crisis, prohibited blood from gay men as a way to stop transmission of HIV. Many early cases of AIDS and HIV resulted from blood transfusions, as was the case with tennis superstar Arthur Ashe. However, the new policy will not accept “donations from men who have had sex with another man in the previous year.” Australia and the United Kingdom also use the 12-month window. “Ultimately, the 12-month deferral window is...
  • FDA Lifts Ban on Blood Donations from Men Who Have Had Sex with Men

    12/21/2015 12:02:09 PM PST · by xzins · 123 replies
    Townhall ^ | 21 Dec 15 | Christine Rousselle
    The Food and Drug Administration has lifted the ban on blood donations from men who have engaged in sexual relations with another man. Now, in order to donate blood, a man will have had to have been abstinent for the period of one year prior to donation. This new policy is similar to the deferral period for a woman who has engaged in sexual activity with a man who had previously sexual activity with another man, or for someone who has traveled to a country where malaria is prevalent. The Food and Drug Administration released final rules on Monday that...
  • France to Lift Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

    11/04/2015 12:33:21 PM PST · by PROCON · 19 replies
    NYTimes ^ | Nov. 4, 2015 | AURELIEN BREEDEN
    PARIS — France will lift a ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men starting next year, officials announced on 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. “Giving one’s blood is an act of generosity and of civic responsibility that cannot be conditioned by sexual orientation,” the health minister, Marisol Touraine, said in a statement. “While respecting the absolute security of patients, it is a taboo, a discrimination that is being lifted today.”
  • Government could ease 31-year-old ban on blood donations from gay men

    11/29/2014 7:53:09 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/29/2014 | Brady Dennis
    The federal government is on the brink of lifting restrictions put in place more than three decades ago when regulators, alarmed by the spread of the virus that causes AIDS, barred men who had sex with other men from donating blood. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will begin a two-day meeting on the issue Tuesday, amid growing calls from medical groups, gay rights activists and lawmakers to jettison the ban as outdated and discriminatory.
  • Gay Blood Donation Ban Could Be Lifted: Gay men may donate blood if abstinent for a year.

    11/14/2014 7:17:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 11/14/2013 | By Nikki Schwab
    Gay men just got a step closer to being able to donate blood. Since 1983, men who have had sex with men anytime since 1977 were barred from donating blood, a policy put in place because of the HIV/AIDs epidemic, which especially ravaged the gay community in its early years. But on Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety voted 16-2 to tweak the ban, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, suggesting instead that men who have had sex with men could give blood, but with a caveat. Theyd have to be abstinent for...
  • Universities to host National Gay Blood Drive

    07/11/2014 9:48:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    The Campus Caller ^ | 7-11-14 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Men who have sex with other men have been banned from donating blood by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1977. According to the CDC, gay and bisexual men accounted for 63 percent of new HIV infections in 2010. Universities across the country are hosting a National Gay Blood Drive today to encourage the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change its current policies which prevent gay men from donating blood. According to the FDAs website, men who have sex with other men (MSM) have an increased risk for HIV, hepatitis B and other types of infections that can...
  • Nearly two-thirds of gay men who know they have AIDS have sex without condoms: CDC report

    12/04/2013 8:03:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 41 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows approximately 62 percent of gay men who know they have HIV/AIDS continue to engage in sexual relations without using a prophylactic, a behavior that can spread AIDS. The report, which was released on the Friday after Thanksgiving, analyzed data gathered in 2011. According to the report, the percentage of men with HIV/AIDS having sex with other men without a condom had increased from 55 percent in 2005, to 57 percent in 2008, to 62 percent today. CDC spokesperson Nikky Mayes told LifeSiteNews.com...
  • Gay men push to end 30-year blood donation ban

    12/02/2013 7:39:21 AM PST · by Gritty · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2013 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    A push by activists to ease the 30-year-old blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men faces a key test this week as a federal panel hears results of the latest research. The findings will be released amid growing pressure from politicians and advocates, including college students, to change the policy. Critics say the ban is a hangover from the early, fear-filled days of AIDS, stigmatizing gay men and ignoring advances in treatment and detection in the decades since...
  • As blood donations decline, U.S. ban on gay donors is examined

    07/07/2012 7:29:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/6/2012 | Jen Christensen
    The American Red Cross says power outages created by recent storms in the East and Midwest cut blood donations, which were already low this summer. In June there was a nationwide shortfall, with donations down more than 10% across the country. "We are asking people to please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit us at redcrossblood.org to find a way to donate if they can," said Stephanie Millian, Red Cross director of biomedical communications. "We need people's help." One group that would like to help, but legally can't, may be moving one step closer to eligibility. Since the 1980s, when the AIDS...
  • Congressmen Send Letter to Sebelius Backing Move to Let 'Low-Risk' Homosexuals Donate Blood

    06/15/2012 6:51:27 AM PDT · by TribalPrincess2U · 57 replies
    http://cnsnews.com ^ | June 14, 2012 | Penny Starr
    CNSNews.com) Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) sent a letter signed by 62 other Democrats to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, supporting her agency's review of the policy that bans homosexual and bisexual men from donating blood. The Democrats say the ban is outdated, and they called the HHS pilot study an important step in "assessing the feasibility of allowing healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood while maintaining the safety of our blood supply."
  • Dems Applaud HHS Study That May Allow 'Low-Risk' Homosexuals to Donate Blood [Mega-Barf]

    06/14/2012 9:48:20 AM PDT · by fwdude · 68 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | June 14, 2012 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) sent a letter signed by 62 other Democrats to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, supporting her agency's review of the policy that bans homosexual and bisexual men from donating blood. The Democrats say the ban is outdated, and they called the HHS pilot study an important step in "assessing the feasibility of allowing healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood while maintaining the safety of our blood supply." Patients across the country desperately need life-saving blood transfusions, yet perfectly healthy would-be donors are turned away based...
  • Should Gays Be Allowed To Donate Blood?

    09/13/2011 6:07:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    It's an issue that has been discussed - and continues to be discussed. Last Friday, the UK decided to lift the ban on prohibiting gays from donating blood. From Times Of India: UK Lifts Ban, Says Gays Can Donate BloodLONDON: Britain said Thursday it was lifting a ban on gay men giving blood providing they have had not had sexual intercourse within a year. A lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men was introduced in Britain in the 1980s as a response to the spread of AIDS and HIV.But a review by a panel of leading experts and patient...
  • Tick-Borne Parasite Infecting Blood Supply: CDC

    09/06/2011 3:47:08 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/5/2011 | Julie Steenhuysen
    A tick-borne infection known as Babesiosis, which can cause severe disease and even death, is becoming a growing threat to the U.S. blood supply, government researchers said on Monday. There are currently no diagnostic tests approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can detect the infection before people donate blood.
  • The ignored virus that causes liver cancer (not yet proved)

    08/23/2011 6:13:09 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    Inderscience Publishers ^ | August 22, 2011 | Unknown
    Should we be screening blood for hepatisi G?Hepatitis G virus was identified in 1995. Some little research was carried out on the virus and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared it a non-harmful virus in 1997. Researchers in Saudi Arabia, writing in the International Journal of Immunological Studies present evidence to suggest that this may have been the wrong decision. They claim that transmission of the virus through donated blood that was not screened for the virus as well as infection through other routes has led to an increase in cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. Hepatitis...