26th July 2010
Gay men and lesbians ‘more likely to use drugs’ than heterosexuals 34
11:13 AM — Gay men and lesbians are markedly more likely to use illegal drugs than straight people, a Home Office-funded study says. The UK Drug Policy Commission, which carried out the study, has called for a review of how drug services treat minority groups.
23rd July 2010
Study finds gay men don’t have riskier sex on HIV pills 1
5:35 PM — A trial study of gay men taking medication to prevent HIV infection suggests that it does not encourage them to have riskier sex.
21st July 2010
Laws against homosexuality ‘spreading HIV infections’ 3
4:08 PM — Anti-gay laws in the Asia-Pacific region are causing higher rates of HIV infections, the UN has warned. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), such laws mean that gay men and trans people are less likely to seek medical help and be aware of how to prevent HIV transmission.
One in seven men on London gay scene thought to have HIV 21
12:07 PM — One in seven men on the capital's gay scene are thought to be infected with HIV - markedly higher than the rate for the general gay male population.
20th July 2010
Irish programme launched to tackle LGBT isolation 8
5:43 PM — A new programme has been launched in Ireland to counter isolation suffered by LGBT people in rural communities. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Diversity programme aims to coordinate support services for LGBT people across the country.
Older people with HIV ‘substantially more disadvantaged than peers’ 2
11:37 AM — Research into the experiences of HIV-positive people over the age of 50 suggests they face "substantial" disadvantages compared to the general population. The majority of older people with HIV are gay and bisexual men.
12th July 2010
Warning to gay and bisexual men over ‘nasty’ new strain of chlamydia 11
11:03 AM — A new strain of chlamydia that may make it easier to catch HIV is becoming "widespread" among gay and bisexual men, a sexual health charity has warned.
8th July 2010
Chinese gay man has blood donation lawsuit rejected 3
12:52 PM — A Chinese gay man who tried to sue after being barred from donating blood has had his lawsuit rejected by a court. Wang Zizheng hoped to sue the Beijing Red Cross centre for discrimination as China bars gay men and lesbians from donating blood.
7th July 2010
Legal club drug NRG-1 ‘should be banned’ 13
5:22 PM — A drug used on the gay clubbing scene should be banned, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has said. NRG-1, which is made from the chemical naphyrone and is similar to mephedrone, is a legal high but should be made a class-B drug, the body advised.
2nd July 2010
Doctors declare ‘gay cure’ therapies harmful 77
11:31 AM — The annual meeting of the British Medical Association has declared that therapies to 'cure' gay people of homosexuality are harmful. Research published last year found that a sixth of registered British therapist and psychiatrists have attempted to "cure" patients of homosexuality.
1st July 2010
Chinese gay man sues over blood donation ban 17
4:56 PM — A Chinese man is suing a Beijing Red Cross centre for refusing to accept his blood donation because he is gay. According to AFP, Wang Zizheng went to the centre in June to give blood and declared he was gay on a form.
Trans woman wins legal aid for breast operation fight 26
11:48 AM — A trans woman who said she had been left "half-man and half-woman" after her primary care trust refused to pay for her breast enlargement has been granted legal aid to fight her case.
28th June 2010
New campaign urges gay men in relationships to ‘play it safe’ 1
4:16 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a new HIV-prevention campaign aimed at gay men who are in long-term relationships. The campaign, which will appear in selcted gay press and on posters and postcards, is part of the Pan-London HIV Prevention Partnership (PLHPP) and seeks to address the issue of safe sex within gay male relationships.
Spanish clinic investigated for offering gay ‘cure’ 5
1:49 PM — A psychiatric clinic in Barcelona in the Spanish region of Catalonia is under investigation for allegedly offering to "treat" homosexuality with therapy and medication. It is believed that the clinic is not alone in its offer of such treatment in Spain.
23rd June 2010
Biggest European online sex survey for gay and bisexual men is launched 3
6:41 PM — The European Gay and Bisexual Men’s Internet Sex Survey (EMIS) which is available in 25 languages and 31 countries, has been launched online and is available to complete until Tuesday 31 August.
22nd June 2010
HIV charity concerned at disability allowance reforms 23
5:17 PM — The HIV/AIDS charity National AIDS Trust has said it is "very concerned" at a Budget announcement that Disability Living Allowance will be reformed. New and existing claimants for the support will be subjected to medical tests.
16th June 2010
Spanish clinic investigated for attempting to ‘cure’ gays 7
3:49 PM — A Spanish clinic is being investigated by the regional government for claiming it can 'cure' gay people. The Policlinica Tibidabo clinic in Barcelona allegedly offers pills and psychiatric therapy to people who believe they can become straight.
National AIDS Trust seeks huge increase in donations 11
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
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
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.