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Top HIV Stories of 2014

AIDS | By Winnie McCroy | Jan 1
This was a banner year for HIV, with many inspiring stories about advances in rights for people living with HIV in prisons, health care and even in remembering their legacies.

GMHC Calls for End to FDA's Ban on Blood Donations By MSM

AIDS | By Winnie McCroy | Dec 13
As advocates fight for a change to the current lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men, many are disappointed that once again, the FDA has chosen not to replace its outdated and unscientific ban.

U.S. Panel Partially Lifts Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

AIDS | By Winnie McCroy | Nov 14
On Thursday, November 13, a panel from the Department of Health and Human Service voted to partially lift the longstanding ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.

Legislators Urge HHS Secretary to Reassess Blood Donation Policy

HIV/AIDS | By Winnie McCroy | Sep 15
Legislators have asked HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to review their outdated blood donation policy.

Seattle City Council Backs End to Gay Blood Donation Ban

LOCAL | By Winnie McCroy | Aug 7
The City Council of Seattle, Washington, unanimously backed a repeal of America's longstanding ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.

Europe Court of Justice Calls for End to Gay Blood Ban

INTERNATIONAL | By Winnie McCroy | Jul 17
Europe's Court of Justice is putting its foot down: being a gay man should not mean you are banned from ever giving blood.

National Gay Blood Drive Slated for July 11

HEALTH | By Mike Halterman | Jul 4
As many gay men are well aware, nearly all of us are banned from donating blood as dictated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

At Least One in Japan Gets HIV From Donated Blood

INTERNATIONAL | Nov 26
At least one person in Japan has been infected with HIV from a blood transfusion. A spokesman for the Japanese Red Cross Society said Tuesday that a male donor tested positive for HIV this month.

As Demand Dwindles, U.S. Blood Banks Make Changes

HEALTH | By Tom Coyne | Oct 11
Blood banks are declaring fewer critical shortages these days and in some cases cutting staff in response to dwindling demand for blood -- the result of fewer elective surgeries being performed and medical advances that curb bleeding.

Russia Casts Wider Homophobic Net, Targets Gay Blood Donors

INTERNATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Aug 26
A Russian lawmaker has proposed a measure that would effectively widen that government’s recent anti-gay legislative activity to include another area of civic life: Blood donations.

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