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#BloodDonation #Mpox

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> New questionnaire for blood donors

>> The end of an emergency

The Med & Mic™ 05.12.23

MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC

Blood Donations Open Up

New risk-based recommendations for blood donation open up the pool of potential donors. Previous FDA policy had banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood or stipulated a three month abstinence before donating. Now all donors will be asked the same screening questions about new partners, number of partners, and sexual practices regardless of sex or sexual orientation. Anyone taking medication to treat or prevent HIV would not be allowed to donate. (Source: CNN, B. Goodman, 5.11.23)

WHO Ends Emergency on Mpox

The World Health Organization has declared an end to the mpox global health emergency. The growth of new cases is far below its peak from last summer. However, there is concern for a resurgence. Long-term efforts will focus on preventing transmission of the virus, which is spread via respiratory droplets and contact with infected skin. The United States had the highest number of cases (30,000) and deaths (42). (Source: STAT News, H. Branswell, 5.11.23)

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