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  • 4th January 2010

    US HIV travel ban lifted today 19

    The ban on HIV-positive people entering the US will be lifted today

    11:28 AM — The ban on HIV-positive people entering the US officially ends today. The 22-year-old law was one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people with HIV but was lifted by President Barack Obama in November.

  • Elton John speaks about helping Eminem quit drugs 4

    Elton John discussed addiction

    11:08 AM — Elton John has spoken for the first time about supporting Eminem in his battle to quit drugs. The singer also dicussed helping George Michael with his alleged drug problems.

  • 29th December 2009

    Former club drug addict relaunches support website

    Jay Evans has relaunched his support website

    4:41 PM — A man who recovered from addiction to club drug GBL has relaunched his support website for other addicts. Jay Evans has put knowghb.org.uk back online educate and assist those in the UK affected by GHB and GBL.

  • HIV experts call for declassification of transgenderism as mental illness 17

    The meeting called for transgenderism to be declassified as a mental illness

    3:41 PM — An international meeting of experts on HIV has called for transgenderism to be reclassified as a medical condition, rather than a mental illness.

  • 23rd December 2009

    Club drug ban comes into force today 10

    Some club drugs will be banned from today

    1:42 PM — From today, 'legal highs' such as GBL, BZP and Spice will become Class C drugs. GBL (gamma-butaryl lactone), which is said to be popular on the gay club scene, is a liquid used in paint stripper and nail varnish remover.

  • 22nd December 2009

    INTERVIEW: Why we need a London AIDS Memorial 35

    Organisations, individuals already involved in HIV/AIDS projects and club promoters have all put their names forward to help

    4:29 PM — PinkNews.co.uk speaks to London scene legend Gary Henshaw about why he is pushing for permanent London AIDS memorial in the capital. The London AIDS memorial group was founded on December 1st 2009 by Gary Henshaw and Swarmite Ananda. Its aim is to provide a permanent AIDS memorial where people can gather to remember the ones who 'succumbed, dying bravely, defiantly and with no knowledge of the battle ahead.'

  • 21st December 2009

    Brighton clinic starts to offer faster HIV tests 1

    'Fastest' takes place at THT’s Brighton centre at 61 Ship Street every Monday

    5:29 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) in Brighton & Hove has begun to offer a new type of rapid result HIV test at its clinic which can detect the virus just four weeks after the date of infection. Previous tests were only reliable three months after exposure to the virus.

  • Proposed law change may ban production of bareback porn 14

    Bareback porn has become and major genre in the gay porn industry

    12:48 PM — An American gay health charity are planning to file a petition that could see a ban on the production of bareback pornography. California's AIDS Healthcare Foundation will file a petition to amend state law to mandate that all adult-film stars use condoms.

  • Chinese government backs first official gay bar 11

    Last year China's Ministry of Health implemented its first ever national programme to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS among gay men

    11:01 AM — China's first official gay bar has opened after a three-week delay sparked by intense media attention. Opening on Saturday evening, the bar is situated in the tourist town of Dali in the southwestern province of Yunnan. It is the first venue of its kind to receive government backing.

  • 14th December 2009

    UN officials says Uganda may lose AIDS research centre 5

    Uganda could lose the AIDS research institute

    7:12 PM — Uganda may lose the chance to host a major AIDS research institution if its parliament passes a bill against homosexuality, a United Nations official has said.

  • 11th December 2009

    Gene discovery could make gender reassignment easier 19

    Gender may not be fixed at birth

    11:15 AM — The discovery of a single gene which controls gender could pave the way for simpler treatment of trans people. Researchers at the National Institute for Medical Research discovered that just one gene prevents females from developing male physical characteristics such as facial hair and testes.

  • 8th December 2009

    Researchers say stem cells could be engineered to fight HIV 3

    Researchers suggested the treatment could tackle other diseases

    5:43 PM — Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have discovered that human stem cells could be engineered to kill HIV-infected cells. They say it could be developed into a genetic medicine.

  • 7th December 2009

    Lesbian wins ‘substantial’ payout for partner’s death

    The case was thought to be a legal first

    4:17 PM — A lesbian whose civil partner died after her cancer was wrongly diagnosed has won a landmark case for compensation. Tina Lane, 42, of Dorset, died of ovarian cancer in February.

  • 3rd December 2009

    Opening of Chinese gay bar delayed 6

    The gay bar was due to open in China

    7:35 PM — The opening of a Chinese gay bar designed to tackle HIV infections has been delayed. The state-funded bar, in the city of Dali, was due to open on Tuesday, which was World AIDS Day.

  • 1st December 2009

    Sweden to lift lifetime blood donation ban for gay men 5

    Sweden will lift the lifetime ban

    6:11 PM — Sweden will allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood so long as they have not had sex with a man in the last 12 months. In a statement released today, which is World AIDS Day, the National Board of Health and Welfare confirmed the change.

  • Gay by nature: Part one 37

    Dr Qazi Rahman of Queen Mary University London

    5:01 PM — What causes homosexuality? Can sexual orientation be changed? And are the brains of gay people different from those of straight people? Adrian Tippetts meets Dr Qazi Rahman, an assistant professor in Cognitive Biology from Queen Mary University London, to find out more.

  • World AIDS Day: This year’s biggest HIV and AIDS news stories 4

    World AIDS Day is today

    11:49 AM — Today is World AIDS Day. The event is held to raise awareness of the disease, remember those who have died and support those living with it. PinkNews.co.uk has produced a round-up of the biggest HIV and AIDS news stories from the last year.

  • 30th November 2009

    Chinese city opens gay bar to tackle HIV 9

    The bar will hand out condoms and sex education

    6:52 PM — The Chinese city government of Dali has opened a state-funded gay bar to tackle HIV infections. The city, in the southwestern Yunnan province, is one of the ten Chinese cities most affected by HIV and sex between men is thought to account for one third of transmissions.

  • Tatchell calls for an end to the blood ban on gay men 8

    Peter Tatchell said the lifetime ban should be lifted

    5:35 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be abolished. Speaking ahead of World AIDS Day, which is tomorrow, Tatchell said the lifetime ban was based on "stereotyped, irrational, unscientific and homophobic assumptions".

  • One in five people with HIV harassed or threatened

    The report found one in five people with HIV were harassed

    2:59 PM — A survey into stigma around HIV has found that one in five people living with the disease has been harassed or threatened in the last year. It also found that a similar number had been refused medical treatment.

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