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  • I Abstained From Sex for a Year to Donate Blood (NYT alert)

    01/12/2017 6:56:00 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 120 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 12, 2017 | JAY FRANZONE
    IT shouldn’t be a big deal that I gave blood this week, but it is. To do it, I had to give up all forms of sex for a year. The reason: I’m gay. With what we know today about the disease, it’s a stupid reason. In 1985, in the early days of the AIDS crisis, the United States Food and Drug Administration recommended that men who had sex with other men be prohibited from donating blood indefinitely. This policy made sense at the time. In the decades since, the nation has made enormous progress against the virus. What was...
  • FR EXCLUSIVE: victim of Clinton and the tainted prisoner blood scandal in Arkansas

    03/24/2016 5:18:58 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 38 replies
    twiter ^ | 3-24-16 | withheld
    NOTE: many of you are familiar with Bill Clinton's role in the deaths of many people because of the tainted blood drawn from prisoners in Arkansas while he was Governor. He benefitted with at least campaign contributions. Who knows if he also got an additional cut of the action. Arkansas was the last state in the United States to use donated prisoner blood. I have been communicating privately with someone on Twitter who authorized me to post her communication on FReeRepublic. What did Hillary know and how did she benefit. I have a theory about Vince Foster's death and that...
  • 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.
  • U.S. to Take Another Look at Gay Blood Donation Ban

    07/26/2011 6:29:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 101 replies
    National Journal ^ | 7/26/11 | Maggie Fox
    A policy that bars gay men from donating blood for life is “suboptimal,” advisers to the Health and Human Services Department said on Tuesday, and needs another look. HHS asked a committee of experts on blood and tissue donations to reexamine the policy and see if there is a way to let at least some gays donate blood. (snip)Men who have sex with other men, including gay and bisexual men, have an HIV infection rate 60 times higher than that of the general population
  • Ban on gay blood donors revisited

    06/10/2010 9:12:41 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 48 replies · 196+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 06/10/2010 | Andy Miller
    Groups urge government to lift lifetime restriction Should gay men be allowed to donate blood? A government health committee is re-examining that question today. A regulation created at the height of the 1980s' AIDS epidemic banned men who have had sex with another man since 1977 from ever giving blood. Advocacy groups, blood-collection organizations and some members of Congress are calling for the Food and Drug Administration to revise the lifetime ban, which has been reviewed twice in the past 10 years, but left unchanged.
  • LA Times: Government revisiting restrictions on blood donations by gay men

    03/13/2010 8:13:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies · 882+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 13, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac
    Backers of a change, including Sen. John Kerry, say the policy is outdated medically. Hemophilia groups want to keep it. Federal health officials announced Friday that they would reexamine a 27-year-old set of restrictions on blood donations by gay men. The restrictions, enacted in the early years of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, impose a lifetime ban on men donating blood if they've had sex with another man at any time since 1977. Changes in the rule have been opposed by hemophilia patient groups. People with hemophilia, a bleeding disorder, are heavy users of blood products, and about...
  • Victims of HIV furious at acquittal of administrators in tainted-blood case

    10/02/2007 4:13:36 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 11 replies · 159+ views
    TORONTO -- A Toronto judge has not only acquitted senior administrators of the blood system of all criminal charges in the tainted-blood tragedy, she has suggested they were utterly innocent and never should have been charged in the first place. In a forcefully written judgment, Madam Justice Mary Lou Benotto of the Ontario Superior Court said that the accused acted professionally and reasonably in the face of a bedevilling public-health problem, and that the horrific infection of hemophiliacs with HIV-AIDS was not their fault. "The events here were tragic. However, to assign blame where none exists is to compound the...
  • Hemophilia community awaits tainted blood trial verdict

    09/30/2007 10:52:54 AM PDT · by Clive · 21 replies · 212+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2007-09-30 | (wire service)
    TORONTO - Members of Canada's hemophilia community are awaiting a Superior Court judge's verdict Monday in what has been called the worst public health disaster in Canadian history. "At the end of the day, what's important for us is that justice be done and justice be seen to be done," said John Plater of the Canadian Hemophilia Society. "So that's really why we're anticipating tomorrow, and getting a hold of her decision and, in particular, the reasons for her decision." Dr. Roger Perrault, 70, a former national medical director with the Canadian Red Cross, has stood trial with three other...
  • Is the African AIDS pandemic a bluff?

    06/02/2007 12:31:04 PM PDT · by xzins · 66 replies · 2,399+ views
    Afrol News ^ | 2 Jun 07 | Rainer Chr. Hennig, afrol News editor
    afrol News - A growing number of researchers question the "official" inflated numbers of HIV/AIDS prevalence in African countries such as Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho. Poor testing, a special diagnosis of AIDS in Africa and erroneous computer-generated estimates by the UN had led to "misleading" numbers, they hold. The history of AIDS in Uganda serves as proof. The Austrian specialist of reproductive medicine, Christian Fiala, leads the growing group of researchers questioning the extent of the AIDS disaster in Africa. He holds that - while there indeed is a worrying prevalence of HIV on the continent - the numbers...
  • Parasite is a growing concern for healthcare profesionals

    03/15/2007 10:35:15 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 25 replies · 1,032+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 15,2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II
    Parasite is a growing concern for healthcare professionals One in 3,800 donors in the L.A. area tested positive for Chagas, a deadly disease that is mainly found in Latin America. By Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer March 15, 2007 - Information on Chagas disease A little-known but potentially deadly parasite from Latin America has become one of the latest threats to the blood and organ supplies in the United States, especially in Los Angeles, where many donors have traveled to affected countries, health officials say....... according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The parasite, which is...
  • Ex-exec of pro-N. Korea scientists group to face arrest+

    01/27/2007 4:13:50 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 285+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | Jan 27 6:55 PM US/Eastern | Kyodo
    Police decided Saturday to shortly arrest a former executive of a pro-North Korea scientists' association who ran a temporary staff agency in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, and his wife on suspicion of violating a law regulating temp staff services, police sources said. The 74-year-old North Korean resident of Japan is a former executive of the Korean Association of Science and Technology, a group affiliated with the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, and is known as an expert on engine engineering, according to the police. Investigators say there is a possibility the scientists' group, for which the...
  • Haemophiliac joins Clinton demo

    05/11/2006 6:38:06 AM PDT · by Plasmaman · 38 replies · 743+ views
    BBC ^ | May 10, 2006
    Haemophiliac joins Clinton demo Protesters want a public inquiry into the use of infected blood products A man from Sussex who was infected with HIV and Hepatitis C while being treated for a blood disorder is taking part in a protest in front of Bill Clinton. The man, a haemophiliac, was treated with infected clotting agents in the 1970s when many of the blood products used came from the United States. The former President was governor of Arkansas, where haemophiliacs say blood was collected from high-risk prisoners. The Department of Health says the UK government acted in good faith. The...
  • Chinese company refuses comment on claims it spread AIDS to hemophiliacs

    04/26/2006 1:45:25 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 342+ views
    MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS ^ | April 26, 2006
    Chinese company refuses comment on claims it spread AIDS to hemophiliacs SHANGHAI, China -- A Chinese pharmaceutical company's spokesman refused to comment Wednesday on accusations the company's hemophilia drugs spread HIV to scores of users. Li Wanhua, spokesman for The Shanghai Institute of Biological Products, refused to address the claims in a brief telephone interview. "I have no comment on this at the moment," Li said. Hemophiliacs and the parents of children with HIV say the institute made a hemophilia drug using HIV-infected blood and continued to sell it after the Ministry of Health banned it in 1995. Family members...
  • Brits given US Aids blood

    03/06/2006 6:34:13 PM PST · by Plasmaman · 83 replies · 1,886+ views
    The Sun ^ | March 6, 2006 | EMMA MORTON
    Brits given US Aids blood Deadly ... the HIV virus By EMMA MORTON Health reporter BRITISH patients were given blood donated by Aids-ridden American prisoners in a shocking medical blunder, The Sun can reveal. Blood from Arkansas State Jail was used at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, US lawyers have confirmed. Official figures show at least 3,000 Britons were infected with HIV or Hepatitis C from US blood in the 1970s and 80s. Of these 1,250 had HIV. And just 384 are still alive. The Sun has established that a “handful” of these received prisoners’ blood. The true figure could be...
  • Witness Puts Blood Trial in Jeopardy

    02/13/2006 3:51:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 498+ views
    HoustonChronicle.com. ^ | Feb. 13, 2006 | BETH DUFF-BROWN
    Associated Press TORONTO — The case against four physicians and a U.S. pharmaceutical company accused of failing to properly screen blood that infected thousands of Canadians with HIV and hepatitis was in jeopardy Monday after a key witness cast doubt on some evidence. After years of investigation, opening arguments were set to begin in the criminal trial of New Jersey-based Armour Pharmaceutical Co.; the former medical director of the Canadian Red Cross, Dr. Roger Perrault; two other Canadian doctors and one from the United States. But Superior Court Justice Mary Lou Benotto was told that a prosecution witness has questioned...
  • Trial for tainted blood scandal set to begin

    02/06/2006 2:54:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies · 1,372+ views
    CTV.ca ^ | Feb. 6 2006 | News Staff
    Dr. Roger Perrault The trial of the doctor at the centre of the tainted blood scandal is set to begin Monday after months of legal wrangling and delays. Dr. Roger Perrault, former national medical director of the Canadian Red Cross, faces criminal charges for his alleged role in allowing hemophilia patients to receive tainted blood products in the 1980s and early 1990s. The incident is widely considered to be Canada's worst medical disaster of the last century. More than 1,000 Canadians were infected with HIV and as many as 20,000 contracted hepatitis C after receiving the blood. It's not...
  • Gov. Clinton: Arkansas Blood Scandal Turned into Film

    01/18/2006 8:53:58 PM PST · by llevrok · 72 replies · 1,979+ views
    Canada.com ^ | 1/18/06
    OTTAWA (CP) - A new Hollywood film will dramatize the story of how contaminated blood from Arkansas prisoners found its way into the veins of thousands of Canadian hemophiliacs, killing many. Blood Trail will make revelations that point to criminal negligence and raise suspicions of murder, says Elizabeth Fowler of Clear Pictures Entertainment "There's bits here and bits there and that's how they managed to get away with it. You put it all together and you go, 'Whoa!' " An RCMP investigation has been underway for close to five years, but no charges have been laid in connection with the...
  • Hollywood to produce feature on Arkansas tainted blood scandal

    01/17/2006 6:38:49 PM PST · by Plasmaman · 45 replies · 1,358+ views
    Canada Press ^ | January 17,2006 | DENNIS BUECKERT
    Hollywood studio to produce feature based on tainted blood scandal By DENNIS BUECKERT OTTAWA (CP) - A new Hollywood film will dramatize the story of how contaminated blood from Arkansas prisoners found its way into the veins of thousands of Canadian hemophiliacs, killing many. Blood Trail will make revelations that point to criminal negligence and raise suspicions of murder, says Elizabeth Fowler of Clear Pictures Entertainment, one of two partners in the project. "The complete story in the proper context has never been told in a dramatic way," Fowler said in an interview Tuesday. "There's bits here and bits there...
  • Sex slaves for science?

    01/08/2006 9:56:19 AM PST · by billorites · 31 replies · 1,756+ views
    Globe&Mail ^ | January 7, 2006 | Stephanie Nolen
    Salome Simon doesn't have much. A one-room shack she rents in Majengo, a slum on the edge of Nairobi. A couple of kangas, the bright print wraps she wears as skirts, and a couple of blouses. A transistor radio, some aluminum pots and one little luxury, a gilded bottle of spicy perfume. It isn't much to show for 23 years of hard work, on the job from 7 in the morning to 7 in the evening, every day but Sunday, when she goes to church, and once a year when she visits her family in Tanzania for a few weeks....