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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relaxed regulations for blood donations by men who have sex with men (MSM) amid a nationwide blood shortage caused by Covid-19.

Homosexual men and other MSM remain the #1 transmitters and carriers of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

But the FDA eased restrictions on homosexual men donating blood because Covid-19 has caused a shortage in blood transfusions due to stay-at-home orders in various states.

The FDA lifted the total ban on homosexual men giving blood in 2015 amid pressure from homosexual activists and lawmakers who insisted blood donations by homosexual men were safe.

The FDA announced last week that it was reducing the amount of time MSM were required to wait before donating blood or blood plasma.

Under previous guidelines, set in 2015, the FDA recommended that sexually active MSM wait for 12 months after their last sexual contact before donating blood.

The new regulations allows MSM to donate blood after not being sexually active for only three months. The regulation relies on honesty and moral integrity.

Sexually active lesbians and heterosexual men and women have no restrictions on donating blood.

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A dance coach for the Lifetime reality show "Bring It" was sentenced to only 9 months in prison for exposing a 16-year-old boy to HIV.

John Conner III was also sentenced to four years probation and he must register as a sex offender for life.

Conner, 30, pleaded guilty in November to criminal exposure to HIV, statutory rape by an authority figure and solicitation of a minor for indecent purposes.

Police said Conner met the teenager o social media in 2015 and invited the boy to join his Infamous Dancerettes dance team. Conner and the boy had unprotected sex on several occasions, according to the affidavit.

Conner didn't tell the teenager he was diagnosed with HIV in 2015. The teenager later tested positive for HIV.

After Conner cut a plea deal with the Memphis District Attorney's office, a judge sentenced him to only 9 months in prison and four months probation.

The DA decided Conner's crime was "minor" and punishable by less than a year in prison.

Lifetime's "Bring It" was a television dance competition that featured teams from the Mid-South, including Conner's.

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Doctors in Thailand have seen success in treating the deadly coronavirus with a powerful combination of flu and HIV drugs.

The news comes as the first coronavirus case in Massachusetts was confirmed in Boston on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the U.S. to 8.

The global death toll has soared to 362 cases with over 17,388 confirmed infections reported worldwide.

Doctors treating a 70-year-old Chinese woman with flu and HIV drugs saw a vast improvement in her symptoms. The doctors from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok reported zero virus detected in her blood after 48 hours.

The drug treatment includes a mixture of anti-HIV drugs Loinavir and ritonavir, in combination with flu drug oseltamivir in large doses.

"This is not a cure, but the patient's condition has vastly improved. From testing positive for 10 days under our care, after applying this combination of medicine the test result became negative within 48 hours," Dr. Kriangska Atipornwanich told reporters.

"The outlook is good but we still have to do more study to determine that this can be a standard treatment."

The link between HIV and the coronavirus was first reported by Dr. Eric Ding, a visiting health scientist at the Harvard School of Health.

Twitter.com permanently banned Zerohedge.com for publishing a post about Dr. Ding's theory linking HIV to the coronavirus.

Zerohedge.com was supposedly banned for "doxing" a researcher at a level 4 laboratory in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus.

The researcher, Dr. Peng Zhou, studied bats to determine why they are reservoirs for the world's deadliest pathogens yet they don't get sick.

Zerohedge.com questioned whether Dr. Zhou developed a superbug from bat virus or whether one of his bats escaped from his lab, which is located about 4 miles from the fish market linked to the first reported coronavirus death in Wuhan.

Twitter has banned or suspended accounts for promoting the idea that a man-made virus bioweapon is the origin of the Wuhan coronavirus. But Dr. Ding's Twitter account is still active.

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A 29-year-old Waukegan man was arrested and charged with criminal transmission of the HIV virus to a minor he met on a dating app.

Marcus E. Davis is accused of engaging in repeated instances of unprotected sex with a 16-year-old boy and infecting him with HIV.

Davis is charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

The boy's parents contacted the Sheriff's Office in June after they discovered their son had hooked up with Davis since he was 15.

During their investigation detectives determined that Davis drove to the boy's home and engaged in sex acts there, as well as engaging in anal intercourse at Davis' north suburb home.

Davis, who knew he was HIV-positive, did not inform the teenager of his HIV status until after the two had engaged in unprotected sex on several occasions.

The victim contracted HIV from Davis, officials said, according to CBS2 Chicago.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office said the minor met Davis through an online dating app. Officials are warning parents to be aware of the apps on their children's phones and who they are in contact with.

Davis is being held on $100,000 bail in the Lake County Jail. His next court date is scheduled for Oct. 31.

Over one million people are currently infected with HIV in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

HIV is still considered a life sentence due to the lifelong treatment necessary to keep the viral load count low enough to be undetected. The virus can lay dormant inside internal organs for years.

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President Trump says he wants to stamp out HIV, the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Trump will announce his plan to wipe out HIV by 2030 during his State of the Union Address to the nation tonight.

Before Trump ran for President, he generously donated to AIDS research, and he and his wife Melania attended Elton John AIDS Foundation galas.

On Tuesday night, President Trump will pledge to end the HIV epidemic in America, according to a report on Politico.com website.

But health experts say if the President is serious about ending the HIV epidemic, he should treat transgenders and immigrants better.

Saying Trump's announcement would be a "pleasant surprise," health expert Lucy Bradley-Springer told Buzzfeed that Trump "would be an unlikely messenger for ending the stigma toward people with HIV."

Bradley-Springer was one of six experts who resigned from the presidential advisory committee on HIV policy before it was disbanded by Trump. They wrote a scathing letter saying Trump's policies harmed people with HIV and AIDS.

About 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and every year another 40,000 people are infected. Men who have sex with men (MSM), Black women, and immigrants are among the highest risk categories to contract HIV.

"Many immigrants are afraid to access HIV prevention and medical care, out of fear of deportation," noted a report from AIDS United. "These barriers have the potential to drive dramatic increases in new HIV cases among Latinx gay and bisexual foreign-born men."

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Darryl Rowe

A British hairdresser was sentenced to life in prison for deliberately infecting 5 men with the virus that cause AIDS. Daryll Rowe was sentenced Wednesday in Brighton, England for attempting to infect as many as 10 men with the HIV virus.

Rowe reportedly taunted the men with text messages that said, "I have HIV. Oops".

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