27th October 2011
Northern Ireland minister ‘won’t be rushed’ into decision on gay blood ban 18
11:03 AM — Northern Ireland's health minister Edwin Poots says he won't be "rushed, pushed or harassed" into making a decision on lifting the blood donation ban on gay and bisexual men.
26th October 2011
Gay men warned about ‘meaner’ strains of gonorrhoea 16
1:59 PM — Gay men are being encouraged to test regularly for sexually-transmitted disease gonorrhoea. Recently, health experts warned that some strains of the disease are becoming immune to treatments.
24th October 2011
SNP condemns gay blood ban 51
3:21 PM — The Scottish National Party has approved a motion condeming the blood donation ban on gay men. Delegates at the party's conference in Inverness backed a motion which said that new rules allowing gay men to donate blood if celibate for a year are not good enough.
19th October 2011
Former Botswana president calls for legalisation of homosexuality 30
4:53 PM — Festus Mogae, the former president of Botswana, has said that homosexuality should be decriminalised to help tackle HIV rates. Speaking to the BBC's Africa Network, Mr Mogae said that while he does not "understand" homosexuality, gays and lesbians should not be arrested.
18th October 2011
HIV charities rubbish fish foot spa fears 11
2:42 PM — HIV charities say there is no evidence 'fish pedicure' spas can transmit the virus. The Health Protection Agency said today that there is a risk of catching infections like HIV and hepatitis from the beauty craze, which involves placing the feet in a basin while Garra Rufa fish nibble at dead skin.
‘Three deaths’ after London church advice to stop taking HIV medicine 114
1:29 PM — At least three deaths have been reported in London as a result of churches which claim to "heal" HIV and AIDS patients. According to BBC London, some evangelical Christian churches are encouraging patients to stop taking anti-retroviral drugs because God can heal them.
Commonwealth country leaders ‘to be asked to decriminalise gay sex’ 48
11:42 AM — Leaders of Commonwealth countries will be asked to decriminalise homosexuality to help to stop the spread of HIV, an Australian official has said.
Zimbabwe refuses to give prisoners condoms because homosexuality is illegal 41
10:16 AM — Prisoners in Zimbabwe are being denied condoms despite high rates of HIV - because homosexuality is illegal. The Prison Service said last week that condoms could "encourage" illegal gay sex among the 13,000-strong prison population.
12th October 2011
HIV life expectancy rises by 15 years 153
2:45 PM — Life expectancy for people living with HIV has risen by 15 years in the last decade. Research by the University of Bristol’s School of Social and Community Medicine found that earlier treatment and modern medicine has contributed to the increase.
11th October 2011
California removes surgery requirement for transgender birth certificates 29
3:12 PM — California's governor Jerry Brown has signed a law to make it easier for transgender people to get a revised birth certificate Previously, transgender people had to provide proof of surgery to obtain a birth certificate in the appropriate gender.
Home HIV tests ‘should be legalised’ 48
1:29 PM — Almost two-thirds of people would consider using HIV home testing kits if they were legally available and regulated in the UK, a survey has found.
5th October 2011
New medical rules for US transgender inmates
11:27 AM — The US Bureau of Prisons has adopted new rules for the care of transgender inmates. Previously, prisoners would be permitted to continue with treatments such as hormone therapy if they began them before being incarcerated. However, they would not be permitted to start such treatments inside.
Conflict over ‘gay cure’ study 143
10:17 AM — Two professors from American religious universities claim they have evidence to show that sexual orientation can be changed. Mark Yarhouse of Regent University and Stanton Jones at Wheaton College say that almost a quarter of the people they studied were able to become straight.
3rd October 2011
Spain to open first gay retirement home 91
5:04 PM — Work will begin on Spain's first gay and lesbian retirement home in the coming weeks. The December 26th Foundation in Madrid is named after the 1979 date when General Franco's anti-gay law was repealed.
30th September 2011
New website lists gay-friendly therapists 35
4:55 PM — A new website allows LGBT people to find sensitive, non-judgemental therapists and counsellors. Soho-based counselling group Pink Therapy says its online directory will help LGBT people avoid therapists who believe they are mentally ill.
Comment: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell about HIV status 408
1:06 PM — Michael Lucas, the gay porn producer, offers a new solution to cutting HIV rates and stigma around the condition.
29th September 2011
Gay former basketball sttar John Amaechi launches HIV support for UK Africans 14
4:41 PM — John Amaechi, the openly gay former basketball player, is supporting a new HIV programme aimed at African communities in the UK. The 40-year-old, who has Nigerian heritage, will launch the three-year Terrence Higgins Trust programme tomorrow (Friday).
European Parliament calls for end of classifying transgender people as mentally ill 121
2:05 PM — The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for the World Health Organisation to stop classifying transgender people as mentally ill. 'Gender identity disorder' is currently classified as a ‘mental and behavioural disorder’ in the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases.
Gay rights groups accuse NI health minister of ignoring them 14
1:40 PM — Campaigners against the gay blood donation ban have accused Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots of snubbing them. Mr Poots announced last week that he would not lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, despite the rest of the UK doing so on November 7th.
Small study suggests HIV ‘could be reduced to a minor infection’ 24
11:40 AM — A small-scale HIV study suggests that the virus could be reduced to a "minor chronic infection" by using a vaccine. Spanish researchers found that 22 of 24 people developed an immune response to HIV after being given a vaccine known as MVA-B.