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New blood donation rules for gay and bi men in the UK has not changed rates of infected blood

New blood donation rules that allow gay and bisexual men to give blood if they have abstained from sex for three months have not changed rates of infected blood. Just seven out of 2 million blood donations made in England, Scotland and Wales in 2018 were infected with HIV, Katy Davison of Public Health England revealed in a presentation in San Antonio, Texas, New Scientist reports. The number was up from the year before – by just one. Six donations were infected with HIV in 2017, during which time gay...
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Sperm Whale Strands with 220 lb. Ball of Plastic, Trash, and Debris in its Stomach

Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme (SMASS) A massive sperm whale discovered stranded in Scotland on Thursday later died, and a necropsy performed by researchers revealed a 220 lb. (100kg) ball of plastic, debris, and trash in its stomach. Wrote Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme (SMASS) on Facebook: “In this whale’s stomach was approximately 100kg of marine debris- a whole range of plastic including sections of net, bundles of rope, plastic cups, bags, gloves, packing straps and tubing. All this material was in a huge ball in the stomach and some...
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This Scottish rock bar’s gender neutral bathroom policy is putting all other bars to shame

A bar in Scotland is winning praise on Twitter after it changed its bathroom policy to make it kinder and more inclusive to trans and non-binary people. The Banshee Labyrinth – which claims to be Scotland’s “most haunted pub” – has had a viral moment after somebody shared the bar’s updated bathroom policy. “One of my local rock bars is gendering correctly,” the Twitter user wrote. The bathroom policy notes that the bar’s “outdated, gender-specified bathroom set up” is causing problems for trans and non-binary people. “While we work to...
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