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  • 30th December 2010

    Secret sperm donor fathered his lesbian aunt’s children aged just 15 46

    Charlie Lowman died in 2009 (photo: Facebook tribute page)

    12:57 PM — A couple grieving over the death of their 20-year-old son are coming to terms with the fact that two children they considered to be their nephew and niece are their biological grandchildren. Their son donated sperm to his aunt and her same sex partner when he was just 15.

  • 22nd December 2010

    Portia DeGeneres: I had no lesbian role models

    Portia DeGeneres said she had no lesbian role models

    5:25 PM — Portia DeGeneres says her struggle with her sexuality contributed to years of suffering with eating disorders. The former Ally McBeal star, now married to talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres, revealed that she didn't know of any lesbian actresses to look up to.

  • Canadian province still lists homosexuality as a mental illness 23

    Homosexuality is still classed as a mental disorder in Alberta

    4:49 PM — The Canadian province of Alberta still classifies homosexuality as a mental disorder, government records show. Between 1995 and 2004, doctors cited the diagnostic code more than 1,750 times when billing the province for treating gays and lesbians, the Vabcouver Sun reports.

  • 15th December 2010

    Researchers ‘cure’ man of HIV with stem cell transplant 9

    The man was treated for leukaemia (Photo: Horia Varlan)

    1:25 PM — German researchers believe they have cured a man of HIV by using a stem cell transplant. Timothy Ray Brown, 42, was also being treated for acute myeloid leukaemia - a cancer of the immune system. Three and a half years later, he apparently shows no sign of either disease.

  • 9th December 2010

    HIV-positive porn star says barebacking must be banned 37

    Bareback porn should be banned, Derrick Burts said.

    10:39 AM — A porn actor who contracted HIV while filming has called for condoms to be made compulsory across the adult film industry. Derrick Burts, 24, tested positive for HIV in October after starring in US gay and straight porn films.

  • 8th December 2010

    Brighton MPs promise to halve undiagnosed HIV by 2015 4

    Brighton has one of the highest rates of HIV in the UK (Photo: Annie Green Springs)

    5:29 PM — Brighton MPs Simon Kirby and Caroline Lucas have welcomed the Department of Health's decision to support a cross-party policy document on HIV prevention. The Halve It campaign aims to cut estimated undiagnosed HIV infections in half by 2015.

  • Campaign for AIDS memorial in London 18

    London is unusual in that it does not have an AIDS memorial, campaigners say

    3:35 PM — Campaigners are calling for an AIDS memorial to be created in London to remember those who have died from the disease. Unlike Brighton, Manchester and many western capitals, London does not have a permanent memorial despite its high number of AIDS deaths.

  • 3rd December 2010

    Gay military ban ‘helps spread diseases’ 14

    The ban spreads STDs, a doctor says

    5:43 PM — The ban on out gay soldiers in the US military may contribute to the spread of sexually-transmitted disease, a doctor has claimed. Dr Kenneth Katz, an STD specialist in San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency, said that soldiers could not be honest with medical staff about their sexual histories.

  • Katie Price attacked for HIV Tweet 17

    Katie Price apologised for the tweet

    11:34 AM — Katie Price has apologised after she posted false allegations on Twitter about a showbiz editor having HIV and another writer having "crabs". Price said she "accidentally" reposted messages which were sent to her by fans. She made the blunder yesterday, one day after World AIDS Day.

  • 1st December 2010

    Video: David Cameron calls for an end to stigma related to HIV and AIDS 11

    David Cameron recorded the message for World AIDS day

    11:54 PM — In a video for message for World AIDS Day, the prime minister, David Cameron has called on the media and faith groups to help tackle the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.

  • Exclusive: NHS trust stops referrals for transgender treatment 104

    NHS Kent have stopped referrals for transgender treatment

    8:14 PM — An NHS trust has been criticised for temporarily stopping treatment referrals for transgender people. NHS West Kent is also ceasing referrals for gastric band surgery and couples seeking IVF but trans campaigners say people with these conditions do not have a high suicide rate, unlike trans people waiting for treatment.

  • 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".

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