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Health

  • 9th November 2011

    Bisexual women “more like likely to suffer depression than men” 23

    The heightened risk of alcohol abuse in teenage years lasted into adulthood for bisexual female subjects (Photo: MCLA Pics)

    4:23 PM — George Mason University found statistical evidence to suggest bisexual women were more at risk than straight women, gay women and men.

  • 8th November 2011

    Hairdresser “woke up gay” after stroke 91

    The former rugby-lover was taken to Royal Gwent Hospital

    3:58 PM — Chris Birch says he transformed from a rugby lover to a "preened man" after breaking his neck while attempting a back flip.

  • 7th November 2011

    Lifetime blood donation ban for gay men lifted today 114

    The ban had been in place since the 1980s.

    9:22 AM — Ban on men who have ever had sex with men donating blood is lifted today, but 12-month deferral period remains.

  • 3rd November 2011

    Star-studded dinner parties raise funds for HIV supper club 1

    Cilla Black and Graham Norton were among the celebrities at this year's Supper Club

    10:56 AM — Guests including Cilla Black, Russell Tovey and Dan Gillespie Sells turned out for Terence Higgins Trust's eleventh annual fundraiser.

  • 27th October 2011

    Government says it must do more to tackle HIV 128

    HIV rates continue to rise

    3:35 PM — Health secretary Andrew Lansley has admitted that the government can and should do more to tackle HIV rates. In a response to a recent House of Lords report on HIV and AIDS, he agreed that investment in HIV prevention would offer "significant savings" in the short and long term.

  • Northern Ireland minister ‘won’t be rushed’ into decision on gay blood ban 18

    Edwin Poots has been accused of homophobia

    11:03 AM — Northern Ireland's health minister Edwin Poots says he won't be "rushed, pushed or harassed" into making a decision on lifting the blood donation ban on gay and bisexual men.

  • 26th October 2011

    Gay men warned about ‘meaner’ strains of gonorrhoea 16

    A Terrence Higgins Trust advert

    1:59 PM — Gay men are being encouraged to test regularly for sexually-transmitted disease gonorrhoea. Recently, health experts warned that some strains of the disease are becoming immune to treatments.

  • 24th October 2011

    SNP condemns gay blood ban 51

    The lifetime ban will be lifted on November 7th (Photo: Sarah G)

    3:21 PM — The Scottish National Party has approved a motion condeming the blood donation ban on gay men. Delegates at the party's conference in Inverness backed a motion which said that new rules allowing gay men to donate blood if celibate for a year are not good enough.

  • 19th October 2011

    Former Botswana president calls for legalisation of homosexuality 30

    Homosexuality remains illegal in Botswana

    4:53 PM — Festus Mogae, the former president of Botswana, has said that homosexuality should be decriminalised to help tackle HIV rates. Speaking to the BBC's Africa Network, Mr Mogae said that while he does not "understand" homosexuality, gays and lesbians should not be arrested.

  • 18th October 2011

    HIV charities rubbish fish foot spa fears 11

    The beauty craze involves fish nibbling at dead skin (Photo: Emilio Labrador)

    2:42 PM — HIV charities say there is no evidence 'fish pedicure' spas can transmit the virus. The Health Protection Agency said today that there is a risk of catching infections like HIV and hepatitis from the beauty craze, which involves placing the feet in a basin while Garra Rufa fish nibble at dead skin.

  • ‘Three deaths’ after London church advice to stop taking HIV medicine 114

    Some churches have been accused of claiming to 'cure' HIV and AIDS

    1:29 PM — At least three deaths have been reported in London as a result of churches which claim to "heal" HIV and AIDS patients. According to BBC London, some evangelical Christian churches are encouraging patients to stop taking anti-retroviral drugs because God can heal them.

  • Commonwealth country leaders ‘to be asked to decriminalise gay sex’ 48

    Most Commonwealth countries still criminalise homosexuality (Picture: Strebe)

    11:42 AM — Leaders of Commonwealth countries will be asked to decriminalise homosexuality to help to stop the spread of HIV, an Australian official has said.

  • Zimbabwe refuses to give prisoners condoms because homosexuality is illegal 41

    The Prison Service says handing out condoms will encourage gay sex

    10:16 AM — Prisoners in Zimbabwe are being denied condoms despite high rates of HIV - because homosexuality is illegal. The Prison Service said last week that condoms could "encourage" illegal gay sex among the 13,000-strong prison population.

  • 12th October 2011

    HIV life expectancy rises by 15 years 153

    Life expectancy for those with HIV has risen

    2:45 PM — Life expectancy for people living with HIV has risen by 15 years in the last decade. Research by the University of Bristol’s School of Social and Community Medicine found that earlier treatment and modern medicine has contributed to the increase.

  • 11th October 2011

    California removes surgery requirement for transgender birth certificates 29

    California's governor signed two transgender laws

    3:12 PM — California's governor Jerry Brown has signed a law to make it easier for transgender people to get a revised birth certificate Previously, transgender people had to provide proof of surgery to obtain a birth certificate in the appropriate gender.

  • Home HIV tests ‘should be legalised’ 48

    Home HIV tests are currently illegal

    1:29 PM — Almost two-thirds of people would consider using HIV home testing kits if they were legally available and regulated in the UK, a survey has found.

  • 5th October 2011

    New medical rules for US transgender inmates

    Rules for trans prisoners have changed

    11:27 AM — The US Bureau of Prisons has adopted new rules for the care of transgender inmates. Previously, prisoners would be permitted to continue with treatments such as hormone therapy if they began them before being incarcerated. However, they would not be permitted to start such treatments inside.

  • Conflict over ‘gay cure’ study 143

    They study authors claimed that gay people can become straight

    10:17 AM — Two professors from American religious universities claim they have evidence to show that sexual orientation can be changed. Mark Yarhouse of Regent University and Stanton Jones at Wheaton College say that almost a quarter of the people they studied were able to become straight.

  • 3rd October 2011

    Spain to open first gay retirement home 91

    Spain's first gay retirement village is to be built

    5:04 PM — Work will begin on Spain's first gay and lesbian retirement home in the coming weeks. The December 26th Foundation in Madrid is named after the 1979 date when General Franco's anti-gay law was repealed.

  • 30th September 2011

    New website lists gay-friendly therapists 35

    The directory is aimed at LGBT clients and therapists

    4:55 PM — A new website allows LGBT people to find sensitive, non-judgemental therapists and counsellors. Soho-based counselling group Pink Therapy says its online directory will help LGBT people avoid therapists who believe they are mentally ill.

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