24th November 2010
Vatican says everyone can use condoms to prevent HIV 22
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
28th October 2010
Benefits changes ‘will fail HIV sufferers’ 9
4:36 PM — Changes to the benefits system will "fail" HIV sufferers, a leading AIDS charity says. According to the National AIDS Trust, testing Employment and Support Allowance claimants fails to take into account the fluctuating nature of HIV.
21st October 2010
HIV Hardship Fund to be re-opened 3
3:48 PM — A national Hardship Fund for people with HIV on low incomes is to be re-opened. The Hardship Fund was operated by Crusaid until the charity merged with Terrence Higgins Trust in March.
19th October 2010
One in six HIV-positive people ‘suffer poverty’ 8
3:27 PM — One in six people with HIV have lived in poverty at some point in the last four years, a report from the National AIDS Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust says.
6th October 2010
London HIV charity Naz Project faces closure 26
6:35 PM — A London HIV charity for black and ethnic minority people is facing closure unless it can raise £75,000 by the end of this month. The Naz Project, set up 20 years ago, says it is now at a "make or break" point and has been hit hard by the recession.
5th October 2010
Australian lesbian couple expecting quintuplets 3
10:55 AM — A lesbian couple in Australia have revealed that they are expecting quintuplets - against odds of one in 60 million. Melissa Keevers, 27, and Rosemary Nolan, 21, already have a one-year-old daughter, Lilly, through donor insemination.
4th October 2010
Indonesian minister attacked for AIDS comments on Twitter 4
11:00 AM — The Indonesian information minister has been criticised for making anti-gay statements and jokes about AIDS on Twitter. Tifatul Sembiring, who is also a member of the National AIDS Commission, made the remarks shortly after Jakarta's gay film festival was disrupted by ant-gay protesters.
27th September 2010
Almost half of HIV-positive gay men unaware, US study says 9
11:02 AM — A US study estimates that almost half of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men are unaware they are infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study also suggested that one in five of gay men in cities most affected by HIV have the virus.
16th September 2010
London clinic warns of ‘party drug’ addiction among gay men 10
12:11 PM — A London clinic set up to treat addiction to 'party drugs' says the majority of its patients are young gay men. Dr James Bell, head of the Party Drugs Clinic at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, said most of his clinic's patients were "young, well-educated, professional gay men".
13th September 2010
National AIDS Trust launches fundraising drive 4
1:29 PM — The National AIDS Trust, which recently announced it was seeking a huge increase in donations, is launching a fundraising drive. The organisation is holding an event for London Design Week, a preview of late actress Natasha Richardson's last film, The Wildest Dream, and will be the chosen charity for the Wig Party.
10th September 2010
Gay referee Nigel Owens supports anti-suicide campaign 4
1:25 PM — Gay rugby referee Nigel Owens is supporting a Samaritans campaign to prevent male suicides. Owens has documented his own struggle with depression and admitted he tried to kill himself at the age of 26.