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  • 4th May 2011

    Student to cycle length of London tube network for HIV charity 20

    Adam Fairris hopes to raise £1,000

    3:20 PM — Medical student Adam Fairris is preparing to cycle the length of the London tube network to raise money for Terrence Higgins Trust. At the end of this month, the 21-year-old will cycle 300 miles across five days, following the rough path of London's 11 underground lines.

  • 20th April 2011

    Gay HIV study to look at daily prevention pill 50

    Men would be given a daily dose of Truvada

    3:48 PM — A proposed UK study of gay and bisexual men would look at the efficacy of giving them a daily oral HIV prevention pill. The pilot study, which is still at an early stage, would give at-risk gay men a daily dose of Truvada, which has been found to lower the rate of new HIV infections.

  • 15th April 2011

    London gay men warned about ‘aggressive’ new chlamydia strain 49

    Health experts are urging gay men to wear condoms

    3:30 PM — Gay and bisexual men in London are being warned about growing rates of an "aggressive" strain of chlamydia. LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum) arrived in the UK in 2004, health experts say.

  • 14th April 2011

    Nurses back lifting of gay blood donation ban 7

    Nurses back lifting the blood ban

    10:39 AM — The Royal College of Nursing says it will lobby for the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be lifted. At the RCN's annual congress in Liverpool yesterday, 87 per cent of delegates voted for an end to the ban.

  • 13th April 2011

    Peter Tatchell: Ten-year gay blood ban is unjustified 40

    Gay and bisexual men are barred for life from donating blood

    2:34 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says that replacing the blanket ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood with a ten-year ban is unjustified and most can safely become donors.

  • 11th April 2011

    US HIV patients want right to HIV organ transplants 6

    US law forbids HIV-positive organs going to HIV-positive recipients

    4:05 PM — HIV-positive patients in the US are lobbying for the right to receive HIV-infected transplant organs. They argue that there are hundreds of HIV-infected organs available every year and that making the change would save lives and give more people the chance of a transplant.

  • HIV charities surprised at gay blood ban reports 50

    HIV charities dismissed the reports

    12:09 PM — HIV prevention charities say they are surprised at reports that the government is announce the end of the gay blood donation before a review has been completed. The policy, which currently bars any man who has had gay sex from donating blood, is the subject of a review due to end this summer.

  • 10th April 2011

    Gay blood donation ban to be lifted for men who haven’t had sex for 10 years 357

    There is currently a blanket ban on gay men donating blood

    10:34 AM — The government is to lift the ban on gay men giving blood, ruling that a blanket ban is discriminatory and could be in breach of the Equality Act. However, lifting the ban will only apply to gay men who have not had sex for ten years prior to donating blood.

  • 9th April 2011

    Safe sex message for Attitude’s ‘naked issue’ 27

    Attitude publish a 'naked' edition every year

    10:00 PM — Attitude magazine's annual 'naked issue' is urging readers to use condoms and get tested for HIV. This month's issue, which features the boys from Blue on the cover, is packed with safe sex advice and slogans such as 'Last night a condom saved my life'.

  • 6th April 2011

    Lesbian and bisexual women urged to have cervical screening 2

    Lesbian and bi women are urged to have cervical screening (Photo: MCLA Pics)

    2:42 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Foundation is urging lesbians and bisexual women to go for cervical smear tests. The charity says some lesbian and bi women may not be aware they could be at risk of cervical cancer.

  • 5th April 2011

    Study finds poorer health among older gays, lesbians and bisexuals 44

    Older LGB people have poorer health than straights, a study says

    1:58 PM — A study of older gay men, lesbians and bisexuals in California suggests that they have poorer health than their straight counterparts. and are more likely to live alone.

  • 31st March 2011

    US report calls for study of LGBT health issues 4

    Health surveys should ask people if they are LGBT, the report said

    5:40 PM — A major US report says that the unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people should be identified. The Institute of Medicine report says that government-funded health studies should routinely ask people their sexual orientation and gender identity, just as they already ask about race and ethnicity.

  • 29th March 2011

    Shadow health minister Diane Abbott attacks cuts to HIV funding 92

    Diane Abbott is the shadow health secretary

    2:31 PM — Shadow health minister Diane Abbott has claimed that changes to funding for London HIV services will "threaten and marginalise" gay and bisexual people. Last week, PinkNews.co.uk reported that HIV charities in the capital had been told that the NHS primary care trusts which help to fund their work would be slashing their budgets by 43 per cent.

  • 28th March 2011

    Elton John to meet David Cameron over gay HIV rates 152

    Elton John says he will meet David Cameron

    12:24 PM — Elton John says he will meet prime minister David Cameron to discuss what can be done to tackle HIV rates. The pop legend and HIV campaigner said he had a date in the diary to speak to the prime minister.

  • 25th March 2011

    Gay Scottish MP David Cairns admitted to intensive care 2

    David Cairns was admitted due to acute pancreatitis

    11:34 PM — David Cairns, the openly gay Labour MP for Inverclyde, has been taken into intensive care after falling ill with acute pancreatitis.

  • Feature: Is Botox poison or pleasure? 15

    Botox is popular with gay men (Photo: Flickr user Sarah G)

    6:21 PM — Botox, once the preserve of middle-aged ladies with just a little too much cash, has become increasingly popular among men, particularly gay men. But what’s it like? Does it work? And what does the growth of the practice tell us about the gay community? Tim Davies went to the Private Clinic in Harley Street to try it out.

  • Man takes ‘gay sex addict’ drug case to court 37

    Didier Jambart says medication turned him gay (Photo: E-Magine Art)

    10:55 AM — A French man who claims a faulty Parkinson's Disease drug turned him into a gay sex addict is demanding £390,000 in compensation. Didier Jambart, 52, from Nantes, is suing ReQuip manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline for his psychological trauma.

  • 23rd March 2011

    Transgender people sue New York City over surgery requirement 17

    The plaintiffs are suing New York City

    2:48 PM — Three transgender people are suing the city of New York over a requirement that they must have gender reassignment surgery in order to have their birth certificates changed.

  • London HIV groups say funding cuts will lead to more infections 72

    1:16 PM — HIV prevention groups in London say they are "disappointed" and "concerned" at 43 per cent cuts to their NHS PCT funding. The news coincides with figures released today which show UK HIV diagnoses have almost doubled in the last decade, with a 70 per cent rise in gay and bisexual diagnoses.

  • Gay and bisexual HIV infections rise 70% in ten years 105

    Tests will be offered to all men in high-prevalence areas

    11:00 AM — New figures show that HIV infections in gay and bisexual men have risen by 70 per cent in the last decade. Health experts are to tell the government that all adult men in high-prevalence areas should be offered and recommended HIV testing to increase early diagnoses and remove the stigma around HIV.

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