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2011-09-09 11:39:14

Research: Views and experiences of men who have sex with men on the ban on blood donation: a cross sectional survey with qualitative interviews New research published on bmj.com today supports a change to the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men. A decision is expected to be announced by UK health ministers tomorrow, Thursday 8 September 2011. Journalists are invited to attend a press briefing at the Department of Health, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, SW1A 2NS...

2011-08-10 11:37:00

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When members of American Legion posts across the U.S. gather on August 26 for the start of their 93rd annual national convention in Minneapolis, Memorial Blood Centers will be there to pay tribute to their heroism and provide a unique opportunity for them to continue their legacy of saving lives. For three full days--August 26, 27, and 29--Memorial Blood Centers will be onsite at the Minneapolis Convention Center, welcoming...

2011-07-27 08:00:00

ATLANTA, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hospital and public health laboratories across the country are now detecting early-stage HIV infections much sooner than previous tests since the launch of Abbott's ARCHITECT® HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay, a combination antigen-antibody test, in 2010. Researchers reported finding early stage infections in places not known for high HIV prevalence like Sioux Falls, S.D., where HIV infections are believed to be low. Experts presented their...

2011-07-25 08:00:00

JOHANNESBURG, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) presented new data which demonstrated that its use of Novartis nucleic acid testing (NAT) products to screen donated blood for HIV and Hepatitis has resulted in a significant increase in the safety of the South African blood supply. The data underscores SANBS' recent celebration of five years of successful effort to prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis from transfusion of infected blood. In...

2011-06-09 09:40:00

More Blood. More Life. NEW YORK, June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC) will celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) June 14, 2011, with a social media campaign designed to educate and inform donors about activities in which they can participate to spread the word about the global benefits of blood donation. Donors will be asked to post pictures of themselves donating in honor of WBDD, encouraging friends and family to follow their lead and become regular...

2011-05-19 18:13:00

Guidance must be followed with clear steps toward implementation and accountability OAKLAND, Calif., May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) is encouraged by the release of new Technical Guidance on Combination HIV Prevention for men who have sex with men (MSM) from the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC). Designed to be used by Country Missions executing the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the guidance...

2011-05-11 07:24:00

Rh negative Blood Types Are in Constant Demand NEW YORK, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to an increased need for Rh negative blood, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is urging its communities to roll up their sleeves, donate blood, and ensure hospital demands continue to be met. Matt Long, the NYC firefighter currently appearing in a television campaign for New York-Presbyterian, one of NYBC's top hospital partners, exemplifies the spirit of giving. "As a 16-year...

2011-05-02 18:51:53

News tips from the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, April 30-May 3, Denver, Colo. Young black men who have sex with men (MSM) get infected with HIV nearly five times more often than MSM from other races, even though they don't have more unprotected sex. The discrepancy has long mystified public health experts but a new study by investigators at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere now offers a possible explanation for it. The study found that young black MSM -- a group that...

2011-04-07 12:43:00

Two New Web Sites, New Points Policy Offer Greater Rewards NEW YORK, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC), serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania, has re-launched two of its web sites newly designed to be more user friendly, and announced an enhancement to its Donor Advantage Program to recognize and reward frequent blood donors. New York Blood Center's...


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