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  • 8th September 2011

    Peter Tatchell: A 12-month blood donation ban is still unjustified 49

    The lifetime ban on gay men donating blood has been changed to a one-year deferral period

    7:46 PM — Opinion: Although the new policy is a big improvement on the existing discriminatory rules, a 12-month ban is still excessive and unjustified. Most gay and bisexual men do not have HIV and will never have HIV.

  • One-year blood donation deferral for UK gay men 64

    The ban will be lifted on November 7th

    11:33 AM — The Department of Health has announced it will remove the lifetime blood donation ban on any man who has ever had gay sex. Instead, there will be a one-year deferral period, meaning that men who have not had gay sex in the last 12 months may donate blood.

  • UK expected to lift lifetime ban on gay blood donation later today 30

    There is currently a blanket ban on gay men donating blood

    9:03 AM — The lifetime ban on blood donation by men who have had sex with men is expected to be lifted in the UK later today. Since the 1980s AIDS crisis, gay men have been banned from donating blood because of the risk of HIV contamination.

  • 7th September 2011

    US medical schools ‘don’t provide enough LGBT training’ 5

    Medical colleges are not giving enough teaching on LGBT issues, the study said

    5:07 PM — A study of American medical schools suggests that they are not giving students enough training on lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender issues. According to the research, most medical schools provide just five hours on LGBT health issues, while one third offer no training on the matter at all.

  • Video: ‘Rory’s story’ shows inequalities of civil partnerships in Ireland 16

    The video says civil partnerships are not enough (Photo: ILGA-Europe)

    1:26 PM — A short video clip about a boy and his two mothers shows the consequences of 'discriminatory' civil partnerships in Ireland. Made by Marriage Equality Ireland, the clip, titled 'Rory's Story', shows the family as happy and accepted until the day the law classes them as strangers.

  • 5th September 2011

    Video: K-Y Jelly makes first lesbian ad 20

    The ad is K-Y Brand's first to feature a lesbian couple

    10:17 AM — K-Y Jelly has made its first advert featuring a lesbian couple. The ad, which will air today in the US, shows couple Alex and Emma talking about their relationship.

  • 31st August 2011

    House of Lords report: UK HIV strategy is ‘woefully inadequate’ 48

    The report is timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of 1986's 'Don't Die of Ignorance' campaign

    11:55 PM — A major report on HIV and AIDS says the government is not doing enough to tackle the issue and that the priority given to prevention efforts is "woefully inadequate".

  • 24th August 2011

    Comment: Donation, the mark of mature engagement in society 6

    Gay men are not barred from donating blood stem cells

    12:58 PM — Joseph Galliano has been on the Anthony Nolan donor register for over a decade, having been surprised to hear that gay men were able to donate blood stem cells.

  • Call for gay men to donate blood stem cells 33

    For most, donation is a straightforward procedure

    12:55 PM — Anthony Nolan is calling on the gay community, who are not barred from donating blood stem cells because of their sexuality.

  • US appeals test HIV transmission laws 5

    The case highlights inequality, but the laws may soon be repealed

    9:57 AM — As the movement to repeal HIV transmission laws gains momentum, two decisions highlight the inapplicability of the laws to gays in at least one US state.

  • 5th August 2011

    Petition calls for end of gay blood donation ban 40

    Gay and bisexual men are barred for life from donating blood

    3:16 PM — A petition has been set up on the government's new e-petitions website to call for the end of the blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex. The petition, created by student Tom King, has more than 900 signatures at the time of writing and asks MPs to look at introducing new evidence-based criteria on which to screen gay and bisexual donors.

  • American Psychological Association calls for gay marriage 126

    The APA says gay marriage is good for health

    11:07 AM — The world's largest body of psychologists, the American Psychological Association, has called for state and federal officials to lift barriers to marriage equality. Members at the group's annual meeting in Washington voted unanimously on Wednesday to back "full marriage equality for same-sex couples".

  • 4th August 2011

    Young gay meth users more likely to be exposed to HIV 33

    Meth is said to increase libido (Photo: eMagine Art)

    5:55 PM — Young gay and bisexual men who use methamphetamine are more likely to be exposed to HIV, research suggests. Most studies on the issue focus on older gay men, but the latest research suggests a link between use of the drug and risky sexual behaviour which can lead to HIV infection.

  • 3rd August 2011

    HIV ‘epidemics’ emerging in gay men in North Africa and the Middle East 17

    More cases of HIV in MSM are being found across North Africa and the Middle East

    5:10 PM — New research suggests that HIV epidemics are emerging in North Africa and the Middle East among men who have sex with men (MSM). According to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Pakistan and Tunisia are seeing high rates of infection in gay and bisexual men.

  • 2nd August 2011

    Elton’s 750,000 euro HIV donation not spent 4

    Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish raise funds for HIV and AIDS

    1:48 PM — A 750,000 euro donation from Elton John to combat HIV in Ireland has not been spent, it has emerged. The singer gave the money to the government two years ago to be used in a clean needle project for drug addicts.

  • 27th July 2011

    US to look again at gay blood donation ban 2

    The US bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood

    2:00 PM — The US Department of Health and Human Services is to look again at the lifetime blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex. The department said yesterday that the current policy is "sub-optimal" and announced it has instructed advisors to study whether the strict rules can be relaxed.

  • 20th July 2011

    Gay men ‘unaware of HIV symptoms’ 53

    HIV experts say gay men need to be aware of HIV symptoms so they can get early treatment

    5:30 PM — Sixty per cent of gay men are unaware of the symptoms of early HIV infection, a large-scale survey has found. According to the research by National AIDS Trust, most of the men surveyed could not name the ‘triad’ of a sore throat, rash and fever as the most common symptoms occurring together.

  • 19th July 2011

    US government under-fire for study linking penis size to whether gay men ‘top’ or ‘bottom’ 89

    The government has come under-fire for the study

    8:14 PM — The United States government has come under fire for funding a study into how the size of a gay man's penis size effects his sex life and general well-being with particular focus on whether penis size results in the decision to be a 'top' or a 'bottom'.

  • 18th July 2011

    Chicago man ‘looked too gay’ to donate blood 23

    US law places a lifetime blood donation ban on any man who has had gay sex

    11:54 AM — A straight Chicago man says he was turned away from a blood donation centre because he "looked gay". Aaron Pace, 22, who says he is effeminate but not gay, went to the Bio-Blood Components donation centre recently.

  • 12th July 2011

    Video: Clinic owned by Michele Bachmann and husband tries to ‘cure’ gays 21

    A counsellor at the company owned by Michele Bachmann's husband was filmed trying to 'cure' a gay man

    2:47 PM — Video footage has been emerged of a counsellor at a clinic owned by Michele Bachmann and her husband telling a gay man he can become straight. Mrs Bachmann is a Republican presidential candidate with a history of making offensive remarks about gay people.

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