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  • 24th August 2011

    Comment: Donation, the mark of mature engagement in society 6

    Gay men are not barred from donating blood stem cells

    12:58 PM — Joseph Galliano has been on the Anthony Nolan donor register for over a decade, having been surprised to hear that gay men were able to donate blood stem cells.

  • Call for gay men to donate blood stem cells 33

    For most, donation is a straightforward procedure

    12:55 PM — Anthony Nolan is calling on the gay community, who are not barred from donating blood stem cells because of their sexuality.

  • US appeals test HIV transmission laws 5

    The case highlights inequality, but the laws may soon be repealed

    9:57 AM — As the movement to repeal HIV transmission laws gains momentum, two decisions highlight the inapplicability of the laws to gays in at least one US state.

  • 5th August 2011

    Petition calls for end of gay blood donation ban 40

    Gay and bisexual men are barred for life from donating blood

    3:16 PM — A petition has been set up on the government's new e-petitions website to call for the end of the blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex. The petition, created by student Tom King, has more than 900 signatures at the time of writing and asks MPs to look at introducing new evidence-based criteria on which to screen gay and bisexual donors.

  • American Psychological Association calls for gay marriage 126

    The APA says gay marriage is good for health

    11:07 AM — The world's largest body of psychologists, the American Psychological Association, has called for state and federal officials to lift barriers to marriage equality. Members at the group's annual meeting in Washington voted unanimously on Wednesday to back "full marriage equality for same-sex couples".

  • 4th August 2011

    Young gay meth users more likely to be exposed to HIV 33

    Meth is said to increase libido (Photo: eMagine Art)

    5:55 PM — Young gay and bisexual men who use methamphetamine are more likely to be exposed to HIV, research suggests. Most studies on the issue focus on older gay men, but the latest research suggests a link between use of the drug and risky sexual behaviour which can lead to HIV infection.

  • 3rd August 2011

    HIV ‘epidemics’ emerging in gay men in North Africa and the Middle East 17

    More cases of HIV in MSM are being found across North Africa and the Middle East

    5:10 PM — New research suggests that HIV epidemics are emerging in North Africa and the Middle East among men who have sex with men (MSM). According to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Pakistan and Tunisia are seeing high rates of infection in gay and bisexual men.

  • 2nd August 2011

    Elton’s 750,000 euro HIV donation not spent 4

    Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish raise funds for HIV and AIDS

    1:48 PM — A 750,000 euro donation from Elton John to combat HIV in Ireland has not been spent, it has emerged. The singer gave the money to the government two years ago to be used in a clean needle project for drug addicts.

  • 27th July 2011

    US to look again at gay blood donation ban 2

    The US bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood

    2:00 PM — The US Department of Health and Human Services is to look again at the lifetime blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex. The department said yesterday that the current policy is "sub-optimal" and announced it has instructed advisors to study whether the strict rules can be relaxed.

  • 20th July 2011

    Gay men ‘unaware of HIV symptoms’ 53

    HIV experts say gay men need to be aware of HIV symptoms so they can get early treatment

    5:30 PM — Sixty per cent of gay men are unaware of the symptoms of early HIV infection, a large-scale survey has found. According to the research by National AIDS Trust, most of the men surveyed could not name the ‘triad’ of a sore throat, rash and fever as the most common symptoms occurring together.

  • 19th July 2011

    US government under-fire for study linking penis size to whether gay men ‘top’ or ‘bottom’ 89

    The government has come under-fire for the study

    8:14 PM — The United States government has come under fire for funding a study into how the size of a gay man's penis size effects his sex life and general well-being with particular focus on whether penis size results in the decision to be a 'top' or a 'bottom'.

  • 18th July 2011

    Chicago man ‘looked too gay’ to donate blood 23

    US law places a lifetime blood donation ban on any man who has had gay sex

    11:54 AM — A straight Chicago man says he was turned away from a blood donation centre because he "looked gay". Aaron Pace, 22, who says he is effeminate but not gay, went to the Bio-Blood Components donation centre recently.

  • 12th July 2011

    Video: Clinic owned by Michele Bachmann and husband tries to ‘cure’ gays 21

    A counsellor at the company owned by Michele Bachmann's husband was filmed trying to 'cure' a gay man

    2:47 PM — Video footage has been emerged of a counsellor at a clinic owned by Michele Bachmann and her husband telling a gay man he can become straight. Mrs Bachmann is a Republican presidential candidate with a history of making offensive remarks about gay people.

  • 8th July 2011

    London specialist HIV clinic under threat 24

    The Mildmay is the only clinic of its kind in Europe

    3:16 PM — Europe's only HIV rehabilitation clinic, based in London, is under threat of closure because of a substantial drop in NHS referrals. The Christian-run Mildmay clinic, in Shoreditch, East London, is Europe’s only HIV centre for those with HIV-related neurocognitive impairment or complex physical rehabilitation needs.

  • 5th July 2011

    India’s health minister calls homosexuality a ‘western disease’ 234

    Indian HIV and gay campaigners were furious at the health minister's words

    10:46 AM — India's health minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has caused uproar by referring to homosexuality as an unnatural "disease" from the west.

  • 4th July 2011

    Interview: ‘If you don’t talk about your rights, they can slip away’ 6

    Kath Gillespie-Sells with her son Dan

    11:15 AM — LGBT disability campaigner Kath Gillespie-Sells MBE, who was London Pride's grand marshall on Saturday, tells PinkNews.co.uk why Pride events need to cater to disabled people.

  • 28th June 2011

    Indian parents ‘using sex reassignment surgery for more sons’ 43

    A report claimed that sex reassignment surgery was being used incorrectly to give parents boys

    1:17 PM — Some Indian parents are said to be using sex reassignment surgery to turn their healthy daughters into sons because society prizes male children.

  • 24th June 2011

    Women’s gaydar ‘better during ovulation’ 22

    Ovulating women have better gaydar, the study claimed

    4:27 PM — A small-scale study suggests that women's ability to tell whether men are gay improves during the most fertile phase of their menstrual cycle. According to researchers at the University of Toronto, women who are ovulating are better at deciding which men are gay than women who are not.

  • 22nd June 2011

    Gay men more likely to suffer sexual dysfunction on prostate cancer drugs 14

    Gay men were more likely to suffer sexual dysfunction

    12:08 PM — Gay men taking bicalutamide for prostate cancer are more likely to experience sexual dysfunction than straight men, a study says. Researchers in Romania and the US studied 17 straight men and 12 gay men receiving a 50mg daily dose of bicalutamide before and after their treatment.

  • 21st June 2011

    World Health Organization calls for anti-discrimination laws to tackle HIV 10

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on HIV.

    3:34 PM — The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on HIV in gay and bisexual men and transgender people. According to the body, there has been a recent resurgence of HIV infection in men who have sex with men, especially in industrialised countries.

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