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  • 30th November 2009

    David Cameron’s World AIDS Day message 2

    David Cameron's message for World AIDS Day

    11:06 AM — Tory leader David Cameron said that a new effective strategy was needed to tackle HIV infections in the UK and abroad. He promised to ring-fence public spending for tackling the disease and suggested pharmacies could offer HIV testing in the same way as America.

  • Tory leader David Cameron promises ‘big push’ to curb HIV infections 39

    David Cameron promised new campaigns to remove HIV stigma

    10:56 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron today promised to ring-fence spending money for tackling HIV and organise a new campaign to change attitudes to the disease.

  • 27th November 2009

    Thailand to limit gender reassignment surgery 20

    Gender reassigment surgery will be harder to access

    5:35 PM — Thailand's government has passed stricter rules for patients seeking gender reassignment surgery. Patients will now be required to live and dress as the opposite gender for a year before surgery and must be over 18. Men aged between 18 and 20 must also gain parental consent.

  • HIV diagnoses for gay and bisexual men levelling off 29

    HIV charities say more needs to be done

    3:34 PM — Figures released today show that the number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in the UK has fallen slightly in the last year. HIV charities say this does not mean fewer men are coming forward for testing.

  • 26th November 2009

    Advertiser promotion: New sperm and egg donor website launches 3

    Pride Angel offers donor services to gays and lesbians

    1:01 PM — A brand new worldwide donor connection website has launched. Pride Angel is the first website of its kind to aim towards the gay and lesbian community and was founded by a lesbian couple who have first-hand experience of known donor conception.

  • 24th November 2009

    New HIV infections down globally but diagnoses rise for gay men in the UK 29

    New HIV infections decreases globally

    5:16 PM — The UNAIDS 2009 AIDS Epidemic Update, released today, shows that new HIV infections are down by 17 per cent over the last eight years around the world. But in the last eight years, there has been a 74 per cent rise in new diagnoses of infections of gay men in the UK.

  • 23rd November 2009

    MPs asked to support gay men’s HIV campaign 5

    MPs are being asked to sign up to the Early Day Motion

    6:17 PM — The National AIDS Trust is asking members of parliament to sign an Early Day Motion to show their support for helping protect young gay men from HIV.

  • Mother fights for NHS treatment of trans daughter 6

    Hormone treatment can only be given at the age of 16 in the UK

    1:09 PM — The mother of a 14-year-old trans girl is fighting to get her hormone treatment on the NHS. Carole Smith, 41, said that her child needed hormone treatment to prevent her from entering puberty as a boy.

  • 19th November 2009

    NHS ‘a world pioneer’ in treating intersex babies 15

    The NHS does not automatically carry out surgery on intersex babies

    5:57 PM — British doctors are becoming "world pioneers" in treating children and adults who are born with ambiguous genitals, it has been reported. The NHS treats such babies on the assumption that they should not automatically be operated on.

  • Video: Gordon Brown records message for World AIDS Day 4

    Gordon Brown thanked AIDS campaigners

    4:15 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has recorded a video message for World AIDS Day. In the message, Brown paid tribute to the gay community in the 1980s, which he said had "led the way" on HIV and AIDS campaigning.

  • 18th November 2009

    Exclusive: HIV film ‘dangerous and misleading’ 468

    House of Numbers looks at the link between HIV and AIDS

    12:32 PM — A film about HIV and what causes AIDS has been attacked for being misleading and even dangerous. HIV charities and health experts have told PinkNews.co.uk that the ideas the film promotes are "pseudo-science" and could damage the public health.

  • 17th November 2009

    Elton John says young people are ‘complacent’ about HIV 3

    Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish

    11:45 AM — Elton John has said that young people are putting themselves at risk of HIV infection by not having safe sex. Speaking at a charity gala for his AIDS charity last night, he warned that the latest generation are "complacent" about the dangers.

  • 11th November 2009

    Doctors: Gay marriage and military ban ‘bad for health’ 9

    Doctors believe anti-equality measures harm health

    4:44 PM — The American Medical Association voted yesterday to oppose bans on gay marriage and out gay personnel in the military, saying that they were bad for health.

  • 10th November 2009

    Survey to find out more about over-50s and HIV 3

    The survey will look at older people living with HIV

    4:25 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust and Age Concern are carrying out a survey into the experiences of people with HIV who are over 50.

  • 5th November 2009

    Compulsory sex education to include gay relationships and HIV 48

    All schools will be required to teach sex education

    4:10 PM — The government announced today that sex education will become compulsory for all schools, including lessons on gay relationships and sexually transmitted infections such as HIV.

  • 3rd November 2009

    Scotland to give lesbians equal IVF rights 11

    Scottish lesbians are set to gain more rights (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    7:33 PM — Lesbian couples in Scotland will soon be given equal rights to fertility treatment on the NHS. Following legal action by one lesbian couple, the government has set up an advisory group which is expected to recommend early next year that lesbians should be routinely allowed access to NHS fertility services.

  • 2nd November 2009

    Comment: The way forward for HIV prevention 57

    Gary Leigh argues that a new way forward is needed

    6:45 PM — Earlier this year, Gary Leigh wrote an article for PinkNews.co.uk attacking the HIV prevention centre for not doing enough to tackle the threat of HIV. His article provoked anger from some HIV charities, while dividing opinion among our readers.

  • Obama lifts ban on HIV-positive people entering the US 4

    Obama lifted the ban on Friday

    3:40 PM — US president Barack Obama has lifted the ban on HIV-positive people entering the country. The 22-year-old law was one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people with HIV.

  • 29th October 2009

    Kenya to conduct census of gays 9

    Kenya is in eastern Africa

    6:15 PM — Kenya is to conduct a census of gay people in an attempt to control the spread of HIV. The confidential survey will be carried out by the National AIDS/STD Control Programme, starting in January or February next year.

  • 28th October 2009

    Gay men could be subject to five-year ban on blood donation 85

    Currently, gay and bisexual men are barred for life from giving blood

    6:55 PM — A public meeting yesterday discussed the possibility of a five-year deferral for gay and bisexual men donating blood, rather than a lifetime ban.

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