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  • 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.

  • 27th September 2010

    Almost half of HIV-positive gay men unaware, US study says 9

    Almost half of gay and bisexual HIV-positive men did not know they were infected

    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

    The clinic reported that most of its patients were gay men

    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

    National AIDS Trust will benefit from three events in the next month

    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

    Nigel Owens is supporting the Samaritans campaign

    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.

  • 9th September 2010

    Canadian judge rules in favour of blood service which bans gay men 14

    Canadian Blood Services was permitted to continue barring gay men

    5:05 PM — A Canadian judge has ruled that a blood donation service has the right to bar gay men. Canadian Blood Services sued 36-year-old gay man Kyle Freeman for negligent representation after he admitted lying about his sexual orientation on blood donation forms.

  • HIV infections in France ‘200 times higher in gay men’ 17

    Researchers were concerned at rates of HIV in men who have sex with men

    4:28 PM — A study published today suggests that rates of HIV in France are 200 times higher in gay and bisexual men than in heterosexuals.

  • Gay health charity to release guide to safer cruising 16

    GMFA is inviting men to share their cruising experiences

    1:53 PM — The gay men's health charity GMFA is producing a guide to cruising for sex. According to the charity, the booklet will help gay men "develop their cruising skills and make decisions that will protect themselves and their partners when cruising".

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