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  • 26th July 2010

    Gay men and lesbians ‘more likely to use drugs’ than heterosexuals 34

    Illegal drug use is higher in LGBT people than heterosexuals

    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

    The trial tested the side effects of PrEP medication

    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

    19 Asia-Pacific countries have laws against homosexuality

    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

    HIV was found to be more prevalent in those on the gay scene

    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

    The programme is designed to cut LGBT isolation

    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

    Older people with HIV face disadvantages, the report said

    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

    THT advised gay men to use condoms

    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

    China bans both gay men and lesbians from donating blood

    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

    The drug may be banned

    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

    The BMA declared gay cure therapies were harmful

    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

    China bars gay men and lesbians from donating blood

    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

    Miranda Lee is fighting to have her breast surgery on the NHS

    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

    Condoms remain one of the safest ways to protect against HIV

    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

    Barcelona, where a clinic is under investigation for offering gay 'cures'

    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

    The EMIS survey is the biggest of its kind

    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

    NAT fears HIV-positive people could struggle to get disability allowances

    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

    The clinic allegedly offers pills to make people straight

    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

    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.

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