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  • 1st December 2010

    Tory MP takes HIV test for World AIDS Day 7

    Simon Kirby is a Conservative MP

    7:51 PM — A Conservative MP had a 15-minute HIV test at a parliamentary reception on Tuesday evening to encourage more people to take up testing. Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown, has a constituency with one of the largest estimates of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men.

  • Mercury ‘turns birds gay’ 12

    Vultures and penguins have also shown signs of homosexuality (Photo: Mike Baird)

    3:02 PM — Consuming high doses of the chemical mercury makes some birds appear to turn gay, scientists say. It is known that mercury reduces breeding rates in white ibises but scientists in Florida and Sri Lanka were surprised to discover that the higher the dose given to male birds, the more likely they were to try to mate with another male.

  • Elton John turns newspaper editor for World AIDS Day 2

    Elton John guest-edited the Independent

    11:46 AM — Elton John marked his World AIDS Day edition of the Independent with a cover by one of his favourite artists. The cover, of a rose, is a specially-commissioned piece of art by British painter Gary Hume.

  • 30th November 2010

    Need to find a condom? There’s an app for that 2

    iCondom is available in the iPhone App store

    11:00 PM — Launched ahead of World AIDS day, a new Apple iPhone application helps people find their nearest condom dispenser in two US cities. The launch of iCondom in the USA follows the launch of an app for Paris and Marseilles.

  • Comment: We’ve got to change gay men’s attitudes to cut HIV 48

    Stigma remains in the gay community (Photo: B Hernandez)

    6:27 PM — It’s almost 30 years since the first cases of AIDS were diagnosed and the HIV epidemic among UK gay men shows no real signs of abating. The only way to cut HIV rates is to tackle stigma around the infection, Michael Carter argues.

  • Labour leader Ed Miliband’s World AIDS Day message 5

    Ed Miliband released a short message for World AIDS Day

    1:18 PM — I want to pay tribute to all those people who have worked so hard to raise awareness and take action on HIV and AIDS. The work you do brings hope to people in Britain and all over the world. But we have to continue that fight; we cannot become complacent – HIV and AIDS are too real and too widespread to give up.

  • Labour leader Ed Miliband urges people to talk about HIV 6

    Ed Miliband released a short message for World AIDS Day

    11:28 AM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has released a message for World AIDS Day urging people to talk about the disease. Mr Miliband's message did not mention gay men explicitly but said that everyone should talk about HIV/AIDS and "raise awareness" of it.

  • Elton John recruits famous friends for World AIDS Day Independent 8

    Elton John will guest-edit tomorrow's Independent and i

    10:38 AM — Sir Elton John is to guest-edit the Independent and spin-off i tomorrow for World AIDS Day. He has reportedly asked Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Taylor and Kanye West to contribute to the edition.

  • 26th November 2010

    Gay Labour group questions Cameron’s HIV support 22

    LGBT Labour criticised David Cameron's World AIDS Day message

    11:22 AM — LGBT Labour has questioned David Cameron's message of responsibility for World AIDS Day. The Labour gay group countered that government cuts would "significantly squeeze" HIV funding and that "words of support for tackling HIV must be matched by action".

  • 25th November 2010

    David Cameron tells gay men ‘get tested for HIV’ 20

    David Cameron said the fight against HIV was "still far from won".

    12:06 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has urged gay men to use condoms, get tested for HIV and support each other in tackling the virus. In a message for Boyz magazine for World AIDS Day, he said that HIV infection rates had increased in the last decade.

  • 24th November 2010

    Vatican says everyone can use condoms to prevent HIV 22

    The Pope says condom use to prevent HIV is a "first step" towards responsibility

    10:17 AM — After the Pope said last week that gay male prostitutes may use condoms to prevent HIV, the Vatican now says the u-turn applies to heterosexuals and trans people.

  • 23rd November 2010

    Study says daily HIV drug lowers infection in gay men

    Taking Truvada may dramatically cut the risk of HIV infection

    4:50 PM — A study indicates that a drug used to treat HIV after infection can also lower the risk of gay men becoming infected with the virus. The research, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that giving Truvada to gay men at high risk of HIV lowered their chances of acquiring the virus by 40 per cent.

  • Government asked to ensure national HIV strategy 11

    According to NAT, the current HIV and sexual health strategy expires next month.

    2:31 PM — The National AIDS Trust is calling on the government to fulfil the UK's UN commitment and ensure that a national HIV strategy is in place from 2011. According to the charity, the current HIV and sexual health strategy expires next month.

  • 22nd November 2010

    41 per cent of US trans people have attempted suicide 3

    41 per cent of survey respondents said they had attempted suicide

    2:03 PM — A new survey of more than 7,000 trans people in the US says that 41 per cent have tried to kill themselves. The research, carried out by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, also found than 19 per cent had been refused medical care because of their trans status.

  • 21st November 2010

    Pope says male prostitutes could use condoms as first step in their ‘moralisation’ 27

    A mock-up of a Pope sponsored condom

    5:05 PM — Sexual health charities, politicians and gay rights campaigners have welcomed what appears to be a relaxation in Pope Benedict XVI's opposition to the use of condoms. In an interview for a book that is due to be published this week, the Pontiff argued that in some cases, the use of condoms can be the first step in the direction of "moralisation" of an individual.

  • 16th November 2010

    Elton John to guest-edit The Independent 2

    Elton John with his civil partner David Furnish

    11:06 AM — Elton John is to guest-edit a special edition of The Independent for World AIDS Day. The gay singer, who set up an HIV/AIDS charity in 1992, said he was looking forward to the chance of raising awareness of the issue.

  • 12th November 2010

    Gay charity urges gay men to sign up to HIV pledge 44

    The Count Me In campaign

    6:11 PM — London-based gay men's health charity GMFA has begun a new campaign to raise awareness of HIV. 'Count Me In' asks gay men to agree with a five-point pledge about protecting their health and not assuming they know the HIV status of other men.

  • 5th November 2010

    Comment: When did gay men stop fighting HIV? 48

    Scott Roberts says the bigger picture on HIV is being missed

    4:34 PM — Scott Roberts argues that campaigners angry about the gay blood ban are missing the bigger picture and that the gay community should be enraged at the continuing gulf of health inequality around HIV and AIDS.

  • 3rd November 2010

    Parties raise tens of thousands of pounds for HIV charities 9

    A guest at the Wig Party (Photo: Chris Jepson)

    4:37 PM — Two London events have raised tens of thousands of pounds for National AIDS Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust. THT's Supper Club raised £95,000, while the Wig Party raised £45,000 for NAT.

  • 29th October 2010

    Study says one in ten sexually-active teens has same-sex partners 4

    The survey found that almost one in ten teens has same-sex partners (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    5:32 PM — A study of sexually-active American teenagers says that almost one in ten has same-sex partners. In 2002, a similar study of teenagers in Vermont and Massachusetts found that only five to six per cent had same-sex partners.

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