The FDA policy on blood donation is discouraging gay and bisexual men would-be donors. They aren't allowed to give blood if they have been with other men in the past 12 months. Politicians and other gay rights groups have called on the national agency to loosen the policy in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting and other similar incidents that may happen in the future.
US FDA Guideline on Blood Donation a Hindrance
In the wake of what is considered to be one of the bloodiest mass shootings in the U.S., the aftermath of Orlando nightclub shooting had a lot of people lining up at blood banks to donate. Most of the 49 victims in the shooting were gay and bisexual men, and people who were willing to help by giving their blood were turned away because of their sexual orientation as mandated by the FDA guideline. more >>
A new study shows that providing free condoms to teenagers worsens the problem it purports to solve. The finding is unsurprising given that the programs are "propaganda for the Sexual Revolution," Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse says.
In an extensive working paper entitled "The Incidental Fertility Effects of School Condom Distribution Programs," University of Notre Dame researchers Kasey Buckle and Daniel Hungerman chart the effectiveness of distributing condoms to young students in order to curb teen pregnancy and reduce rates of sexually transmitted diseases. Their results reveal that both teen pregnancy and STD rates increased with the presence of such condom distribution efforts.
As noted in a June 15 Vox article about the study, the push to make condoms more accessible in school districts was largely in response to the alarming AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s. Such a push appears to have backfired. more >>
A tabloid newspaper claims that Prince, the popular rock star who died last Thursday at the age of 57, was diagnosed with AIDS about six months ago and believed prayer could have cured him.
Close friends of the "Purple Rain" singer allegedly revealed his tragic struggle to The National Enquirer.
Prince is said to have known he was dying and had been "preparing to die for a little while," according to the tabloid. The Enquirer reportedly interviewed a music industry source who messaged friends on April 19 to say the singer had full-blown AIDS and "he was in bad shape." more >>
A group of surgeons in Baltimore announced a major breakthrough in science and medicine after they finally made a successful organ transplant to an HIV-positive patient from an HIV-positive donor. This has been a long battle for all stakeholders, with millions of AIDS patients all over the world hoping against hope that something positive will eventually come out in the search for treatment. While this one is nothing close to a treatment, it cannot be denied that it is a welcoming option, especially for those with AIDS who already have failing livers or kidneys.
According to ABC News, Johns Hopkins University have confirmed that the recipients, one receiving a kidney and the other receiving a liver from a deceased donor, are already in recovery. In the past, organs from people infected with HIV are no longer deemed suitable for donation. According to a transplant expert in Hopkins, Dr. Dorry Segev, the breakthrough is nothing short of a new opportunity in life for patients who have been suffering for so long. The doctor is a prominent name in pushing for the right to perform the operation to patients when the U.S. government banned it for more than two decades. He believes that hundreds of HIV patients will be benefiting from it.
Most people are left wondering why there's a need to perform an HIV-to-HIV transplant when patients can just seek a donor who isn't a carrier. Accordingly, the most advanced and modern medications designed for AIDS today have transformed the disease into a chronic type of illness instead of a fast killer. As a result, patients are expected to live longer than expected while in the process suffering organ failure. While HIV patients are allowed to receive organs from donors who don't have the disease, everyone knows how long that line is. So if this new method will be ironed out, it means there will be better opportunities for patients to take organs that are in a way specifically intended for them since HIV-positive donors cannot give their organs to anyone who needs that but doesn't suffer from the same disease. more >>
A South African mayor is defending her controversial decision to award college scholarships to 16 girls who can prove their virginity, arguing that the unconventional scholarship offer will prevent the spread of disease, as well as unwanted pregnancy.
Dudu Mazibuko, mayor of the Uthukela district of the KwaZulu-Natal province, has argued that despite criticism from the feminist women's rights group, People Opposing Women Abuse, she believes these scholarships will "reduce HIV, AIDS and unwanted pregnancy" among young girls in the area, which has some of the highest incidences of AIDS in South Africa," according to the BBC.
The 16 university-age women who would be eligible for the scholarships would be subject to routine virginity tests, the mayor told BBC News. more >>
The US Food and Drug Administration has announced the implementation of a new blood donation policy that allows gay men to donate blood.
Reversing a 30+ year policy, the FDA announced Monday that homosexual men can donate blood provided that they do so after having abstained from sex for at least one year.
"As part of today's finalized blood donor deferral guidance, the FDA is changing its recommendation that men who have sex with men (MSM) be indefinitely deferred – a policy that has been in place for approximately 30 years – to 12 months since the last sexual contact with another man," stated the FDA. more >>