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  • 16th June 2010

    National AIDS Trust seeks huge increase in donations 11

    National AIDS Trust is seeking a rise in donations

    1:08 PM — The National AIDS Trust has launched a new fundraising appeal in a bid to increase individual donations by tens of thousands of pounds. The charity said it only received £2,500 in individual monthly donations last year and hopes to raise this to £25,000 in the next 12 months.

  • 15th June 2010

    US committee says gay blood ban will stay in place 6

    The US blood ban will remain in place

    4:54 PM — The US Food and Drug Administration has decided to retain current rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The body held hearings last week on the issue and committee members voted nine to six against making any immediate changes.

  • 42% rise in Irish HIV diagnoses among gay and bi men 14

    There was a 42 per cent rise in new diagnoses in gay men

    3:22 PM — The number of men who have sex with men being diagnosed with HIV in the last year in Ireland rose by 42 per cent, a report has said.

  • 14th June 2010

    HIV charities ‘very concerned’ by threat to local funding 11

    HIV charities are concerned about a threat to funding

    4:23 PM — HIV charities National AIDS Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust have warned that vital HIV services may be cut in the government's plans to save money. Communities secretary Eric Pickles announced in a written ministerial statement last week that the AIDS Support Grant will not be ringfenced this year.

  • 11th June 2010

    France tells trans woman her breasts don’t measure up 11

    Delphine Ravisé-Giard was told she must provide proof of breast surgery (Photo: limaoscarjuliet)

    4:07 PM — If your breasts don’t measure up – you just can’t be a “proper” woman. If you thought such archaic attitudes had long since disappeared, think again: in a recent ruling, French authorities declared that before trans woman Delphine Ravisé-Giard could be classed as a woman, she needed to provide written evidence that she had undergone breast enhancement.

  • 9th June 2010

    Australian blood donation rules ‘discriminatory’, activist says 7

    Rodney Croome attacked the differing rules

    4:40 PM — A Tasmanian gay rights activist has questioned why the Australian Red Cross' policy on blood donation is harsher on gay men than it is on people with tattoos and piercings.

  • 8th June 2010

    Gay men thinner than heterosexuals but lesbians heavier, study says 22

    Gay men were found to be slimmer than straight men (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    3:30 PM — A study by university researchers supports the stereotype that gay men are thinner than straight people and lesbians are heavier.

  • Children of lesbian couples ‘have fewer behaviour problems’ 15

    The study followed the children of lesbian parents for 17 years

    10:59 AM — A 17-year study into families headed by lesbian parents has found that their children have fewer behavioural problems, get better results and are more psychologically sound than children brought up by straight parents.

  • 7th June 2010

    Gay journalist receives award nod for ‘gay cure’ expose 3

    Patrick Strudwick said he was "thrilled" at being shortlisted

    2:10 PM — A gay journalist who underwent 'gay cure' therapy to expose the therapists who practise it has been nominated for a mental health's charity's media awards.

  • 3rd June 2010

    Lifting US gay blood donation ban could add 219,000 pints a year 7

    The report said an extra 219,000 pints of blood could be found

    3:53 PM — Lifting America's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood could provide an extra 219,000 pints a year, a report says. It also estimates that organ donations could increase by 2.9 per cent annually, meaning around 900 additional transplants could take place each year.

  • 2nd June 2010

    Lesbian and gay smokers ‘more at risk of respiratory illness’ 8

    LGB people are more likely to smoke than heterosexuals (Photo: Valentin Ottone)

    1:48 PM — Young lesbian, gay and bisexual smokers may be more at risk of respiratory illnesses than their straight counterparts, a study suggests.

  • 27th May 2010

    HIV cases on the rise in Scotland 6

    HIV infections continue to rise in Scotland

    4:12 PM — Figures published yesterday showed that over 90 Scots were diagnosed HIV positive since the beginning of this year. Between January and March 2010, 91 people were affected, bringing the overall Scottish diagnosis rate to 6,338.

  • 26th May 2010

    Canadian researchers argue for lifting of blood ban for gay men 9

    gay men are banned from giving blood in the UK, US and Canada

    3:47 PM — A team of investigators in the online edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal has argued that the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood should be replaced with a deferral for those who have been in a stable, monogamous relationship for at least one year. In Canada, the USA and the UK, gay men and any other men who partake in sex with men are permanently banned from giving blood.

  • 25th May 2010

    Trans woman refused NHS breast operation 81

    The NHS refused Ms "C" a breast augmentation

    11:00 AM — A trans woman from Reading has lost her High Court battle to have an NHS-funded operation to augment her bust, which failed to develop properly following hormone treatment.

  • 21st May 2010

    Fears over Uganda’s ‘discriminatory’ HIV bill 12

    Uganda parliament is considering an HIV prevention bill

    3:24 PM — A bill has been tabled in Uganda's parliament to make HIV testing mandatory for pregnant women, their partners and victims and perpetrators of sexual assaults.

  • 18th May 2010

    Video: Daniel Radcliffe’s ad on gay youth suicide rates 14

    Daniel Radcliffe appears in the gay charity's ad (Photo: David Jo)

    5:45 PM — Actor Daniel Radcliffe has filmed a public service announcement on behalf of a gay charity. The Harry Potter star is a supporter of the Trevor Project, a charity which supports LGBT young people who are at risk of suicide.

  • 17th May 2010

    UN report finds gay men in Asia ‘denied HIV care’ 2

    The report said up to 90 per cent of gay Asian men were denied HIV care

    5:54 PM — Up to 90 per cent of gay men in Asia cannot access HIV care and advice, a United Nations-backed report has found. It said rates of the disease had reached alarming levels among gay men on the continent and repressive laws in many countries are making the situation worse.

  • 12th May 2010

    Trans woman launches legal challenge after being denied breast surgery 6

    'C' is fighting to get breast surgery on the NHS

    2:25 PM — A trans woman has launched a legal challenge after her primary care trust decided she could not have breast implants funded by the NHS.

  • 30th April 2010

    Gonorrhoea ‘may become untreatable’, health experts warn 3

    Gonorrhoea could become untreatable, experts say

    3:11 PM — The World Health Organisation has said that the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea may become untreatable due to the improper use of antibiotics. The disease increases the chances of gay men catching HIV.

  • 28th April 2010

    China lifts ban on HIV-positive visitors

    China has lifted its HIV travel ban

    2:13 PM — The Chinese government has announced it has overturned the ban on HIV-positive visitors entering the country. The ban was introduced in 1989, although China has temporarily lifted it for major events in the past, such as the1990 Beijing Asian Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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