8th July 2012
China lifts ban on lesbians donating blood 1
10:40 PM — Lesbians in China can now legally give blood - although the ban on sexually active gay and bisexual men remains. The Ministry of Health announced last week that the ban on lesbians donating blood would be lifted immediately.
6th July 2012
New call for HIV at-home testing kits in the UK 221
9:00 AM — The National AIDS Trust has called for the incorporation of at-home testing kits for HIV into UK strategies following their approval for sale in the US.
4th July 2012
Thirtieth anniversary of Terry Higgins’ death marked with fresh HIV prevention call 21
2:01 PM — Gay men can lead the way in slashing HIV rates within a decade, says Terrence Higgins Trust on 30th anniversary of Terry Higgins’ death
3rd July 2012
US FDA approves at-home HIV test 10
8:36 PM — The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a rapid, at-home HIV test for the first time. OraQuick, which will sold over-the-counter, is an oral swab test which gives a result in 20-40 minutes.
27th June 2012
Cannes: Sexuality questionnaire pulled after ‘shocking’ retirees 9
2:30 PM — Following complaints, authorities in Cannes have pulled a questionnaire intended to shed light on why the area has a higher proportion of older people being diagnosed with HIV.
20th June 2012
London: First national conference on LGBT end of life care tomorrow 4
2:32 PM — The first ever national conference on end of life care for LGBT people will take place this Thursday in London.
19th June 2012
Home Office will be asked to heed warning on ‘outdated’ police resources on HIV 5
6:05 PM — The Home Office is to be asked to ensure police resources on HIV accurately reflect current knowledge of the virus and its routes of transmission.
Ofsted report: Schools should do more to tackle anti-gay language 36
12:40 PM — An Ofsted report into school approaches to bullying has suggested teachers do not always feel able to tackle issues like homophobic bullying and derogatory language and that most schools are not 'sharp' enough on their analysis of bullying behaviour.
18th June 2012
London: Funding boost for older people living with HIV 7
12:51 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust has received £200,000 to support 250 older people living with HIV in London, as the over-50s continue to be the fastest-growing group of people living with HIV in the UK.
Report: Police training on HIV ‘outdated and stigmatising’ 18
11:38 AM — A National AIDS Trust review of how police approach HIV suggests many constabularies in the UK have procedures based on unfounded concerns regarding transmission, which can fuel 'scaremongering' and 'mistreatment' for people living with the virus, the charity said.
17th June 2012
Northern Ireland: Health minister retains ban on gay people donating blood, faces growing criticism 120
8:49 PM — The health minister of Northern Ireland has decided to retain the current ban on gay people donating blood, citing two works of research which he claims strengthened his position.
14th June 2012
Russian state radio interview with ‘gay cure’ therapist breached UK standards 16
12:52 PM — Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has ruled that an interview with Christian therapist Lesley Pilkington on Russian state radio in which the presenter referred to homosexuality as a 'disorder' to be 'cured' and decried 'aggressive homosexual propaganda' breached the Broadcasting Code when it aired in the UK.
Opening marriage to gay couples ‘would improve sexual health’ 60
10:35 AM — The HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has said today that allowing gay couples an equal right to marry as straight couples would improve the nation's sexual health.
13th June 2012
Study: Male homosexuality ‘strongly genetic,’ and related to female fertility 76
10:28 PM — A new study has suggested that male homosexuality is much more genetically determined than previously thought, and is directly related to the fecundity of female relatives.
Debate surrounds intersex inclusion in the DSM V 11
11:31 AM — The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is undergoing revisions for a fifth edition, which has sparked controversy in many areas. Among these is its inclusion, for the first time, of intersex people.
12th June 2012
NAT and Gaydar to encourage HIV testing at WorldPride in London
12:35 PM — NAT, the National AIDS Trust, will be teaming up with Gaydar.co.uk for World Pride on Saturday 7 July with the message ‘Take Pride, Get Tested’.
10th June 2012
Medical body calls on NHS to extend HPV vaccination to gay men 8
1:10 PM — A group of health professionals, men's health charities, and senior politicians are set to call on the NHS to extend vaccination against carcinogenic Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to gay men, the Guardian reports.
8th June 2012
Poland: Teaching materials for nurses ‘calls gays socially dangerous’ 40
2:52 PM — Anger has been expressed over teaching materials for nurses in Poland which reportedly describe homosexuality as a 'pathology'.
US study: Young bisexual and questioning people at more risk of alcohol abuse 10
1:57 PM — Bisexual students and those questioning their sexual orientation are more at risk of alcohol abuse than their gay and straight counterparts, a US study suggests.
7th June 2012
Dutch Christian group may appeal after ‘gay cure’ therapy removed from health insurance 35
4:45 PM — A religious organisation whose 'gay cure' therapy is to be removed from the basic health insurance package in the Netherlands has said it is looking to appeal the decision.