Health & HIV/AIDS

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    Effects of Lifting Blood Donation Bans on Men Who Have Sex with Men

    By Gary J. Gates, Naomi G. Goldberg
    June 2010

    The Food and Drug Administration prohibits the donation of blood by any man who has had sex with another man (MSM) since 1977. This research brief uses data sources to estimate the size of the MSM population and apply those estimates to blood donation patterns in the US to predict the impact of lifting the ban on the nation’s blood supply.

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    Estimating Populations of Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Southern United States

    November 2009

    Population estimates of men who have sex with men (MSM) by state and race/ethnicity are lacking, hampering effective HIV epidemic monitoring and targeting of outreach and prevention efforts. We created three models to estimate the proportion and number of adult males who are MSM in 17 southern states.

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    HIV Discrimination in Health Care Services in Los Angeles County

    By Brad Sears, Deborah Ho
    World AIDS Day, December 1, 2006

    This report presents the results of three studies conducted from 2003 to 2005 measuring HIV-discrimination in health care in Los Angeles County. The studies found that 46% of skilled nursing facilities, 26% of plastic and cosmetic surgeons, and 55% of obstetricians in Los Angeles County would not take any patient who was HIV-positive for any type of service, even when patients were asymptomatic.

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