19th August 2008
Australian Red Cross ignored advice from blood experts, lawyer claims
10:22 AM — The Australian Red Cross ignored the concerns of its chief medical advisor regarding gay blood donations, a tribunal hear today.
18th August 2008
Gay blood donation tribunal told all donors should be screened
12:51 PM — The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal investigating the gay blood ban today heard evidence from an Australian AIDS expert.
15th August 2008
Bisexuality passed on by “hyper-heterosexuals”, researchers claim 4
4:19 PM — Academics at the University of Padua, Italy, claim that bisexual men may have inherited their attraction to men through 'hyper-heterosexual' female family members.
HIV infection from gay blood donors likely once every two centuries, lawyer claims 4
10:01 AM — The Anti-Discrimination Tribunal against the Australian Red Cross' ban on gay blood donation heard today that HIV-infected blood from a gay man was likely to slip through screening only once in 197 years.
14th August 2008
LGBT Health Summit to be held in Bristol
3:35 PM — On 4th and 5th September this year, Terrence Higgins Trust and Equality South West will host the third annual LGBT Health Summit.
Expert claims old blood is riskier than blood donated by gay men
10:53 AM — An expert witness in the Anti Discrimination Tribunal regarding gay blood donation in Tasmania claims that blood over 14 days old is far more dangerous than blood from gay donors.
13th August 2008
Under 1% of HIV spending focused on gay men 3
3:34 PM — Less than 1% of HIV/AIDS prevention spending targets gay and bisexual men worldwide. Research by UNAIDS from 2006, the most recent data available, shows that only a tiny fraction of the $669 million (£352 million) spent globally on prevention services is aimed at men who have sex with men.
Scientists say Red Cross blood ban case ‘a straw man’
10:28 AM — Two bio-ethicists today gave evidence at the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal investigating gay blood donation in Tasmania.
12th August 2008
Vauxhall event aims to raise drug awareness 1
11:08 AM — Barcode nightclub is set to host Drug Idle, an evening of debate and discussion around recreational drug use.
HIV/AIDS expert compares Australian gay blood ban to racism 1
10:58 AM — The director of Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria has likened the Australian Red Cross ban on gay blood donations to racist discrimination.
10th August 2008
Multimillionaire gay dads face investigation into failed business, newspaper claims
1:06 AM — The multimillionaire gay couple who hit the headlines five years ago with their "designer" family are under the media spotlight again. The Daily Mail report that Tony Barlow and Barrie Drewitt's former company Euroderm Research is under investigation for alleged irregularities.
8th August 2008
UN’s 2010 AIDS goal may not be reached
4:16 PM — The United Nations' goal of achieving "universal access" to anti-HIV drugs and care by 2010 is unlikely to be reached.
India’s health minister calls for decriminalisation of homosexuality
1:29 PM — A leading Cabinet minister in India has said that laws that criminalise gay sex should be overturned. Anbumani Ramadoss made his remarks at the 17th International Conference on AIDS.
Gay blood donors would bring “infection and death” claims Red Cross 2
12:38 PM — Gay activists have accused the Red Cross of scare tactics on the first day of a hearing into Australia's gay blood ban in Hobart yesterday.
7th August 2008
Government considers controls on club drug GBL 1
10:50 AM — The Home Office has announced that may make a drug which has become popular on the gay club curcuit a controlled substance.
6th August 2008
AIDS charity seeks HIV+ gay and bisexual men for workplace research
12:48 PM — The National AIDS Trust has commissioned an independent research project to find out more about the experience of living with HIV and employment.
MTV and MySpace join forces to promote HIV awareness
11:10 AM — MTV Networks International (MTVNI) and MySpace have announced the launch of Untold Stories, an interactive story-writing competition.
5th August 2008
Bill Clinton: AIDS is “a very big dragon” but it can be slain
2:15 PM — Former US President Bill Clinton said nations fighting AIDS need to reform their health care systems to reach high-risk groups neglected during the past quarter of a century.
4th August 2008
US HIV infection rate 40% higher than estimated
10:21 AM — A new study conducted for America's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed the annual infection rate for HIV is 40% higher than previously estimated.
1st August 2008
Plans for Soho’s ‘one stop shop’ for LGBT community move forward 2
4:55 PM — Plans for a LGBT centre offering health and social care services, business support and an exhibition space in Soho are moving forward.