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  • 30th November 2010

    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.

  • 28th October 2010

    Benefits changes ‘will fail HIV sufferers’ 9

    NAT says the system does not take into account the nature of HIV

    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

    The Hardship Fund helps HIV-positive people who are suffering poverty

    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

    The report said that one in six HIV-positive people are thought to be living in poverty. (Photo: B Hernandez)

    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

    The Naz Project says it may have to close

    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

    The couple are expecting quintuplets

    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

    The information minister was attacked for being prejudiced and incorrect

    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.

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