17th May 2010
UN report finds gay men in Asia ‘denied HIV care’ 2
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
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
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
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.
27th April 2010
Organisation set up for gay Irish doctors 1
5:56 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans doctors in Ireland now have their own social and support group. Gay Doctors Ireland will hold its first annual general meeting in Dublin next month after being set up in December.
23rd April 2010
Survey finds more straight women barebacking than gay men 23
4:47 PM — A survey has found that heterosexual women are less likely to use condoms for anal sex than gay men. The research, carried out by the New York City Department of Health, found that only 23 per cent of women required their male partners to use condoms during anal sex, compared with 61 per cent of gay or bisexual men.
Elton John ‘would give up fame and fortune’ for teenager who died of AIDS 4
11:04 AM — Elton John would give up everything to have a conversation with the boy he credits with saving his life, a letter reveals. The gay singer has said that he was able to beat his drug addiction in the 1980s because of Ryan White, who died aged 18 of AIDS in 1990.
21st April 2010
NHS gender reassignment surgery rates triple 30
3:05 PM — The number of gender reassignment surgeries carried yearly on the NHS has tripled since 2000, figures show. In 2000, 54 surgeries were carried out, compared with 143 in 2009.
16th April 2010
Obama gives gay partners equal healthcare rights 18
2:10 PM — US President Barack Obama has ordered almost all hospitals to give gay partners equal rights in visiting and making decisions for their loved ones.
9th April 2010
Gay HIV activist Clint Walters dies 30
11:02 AM — Clint Walters, the gay HIV activist, has died of a heart attack aged 31. Mr Walters, who was just 17 when he was diagnosed with the disease, died at his home in Clapham, London, on Sunday.
7th April 2010
Lesbian tennis star Martina Navratilova diagnosed with cancer 10
4:11 PM — Martina Navratilova has revealed she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The former tennis world champion, 53, said that finding out the news in February was devastating.
Trans woman may sue over half-completed surgery 15
11:12 AM — A trans woman from Southend says she is considering legal action after her local health trust refused to pay for her breast augmentation.
1st April 2010
Analysis: Why are gays excluded from some clinical trials? 12
3:49 PM — Gay men and lesbians are routinely excluded from clinical trials for new treatments for sexual dysfunction, according to US research published last week. The question is whether this is a case of discrimination or just questionable experimental design.
HIV charity opens online chatroom for gay men 12
11:16 AM — HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust is to open an online chatroom for gay men to discuss their experiences of HIV, sex and condoms. The £35,000 focus group will be used to formulate future safe sex campaigns.
29th March 2010
‘Gay cure’ doctor charged with sexual abuse of patient
4:39 PM — A Canadian psychiatrist who was known as Doctor Shock for experiments on gay people in apartheid-era South Africa has been accused of sexually abusing a male patient.
Cheap antibiotics could save tens of thousands of HIV patients 11
2:53 PM — A major study has found that giving HIV patients an inexpensive antibiotic could save tens of thousands of lives.
26th March 2010
Elton John to headline concert for teenager who died of AIDS 2
12:04 PM — Gay singer Elton John is to headline a concert in Indiana, US, for a teenager who died of AIDS after receiving a contaminated blood transfusion.
24th March 2010
Rising syphilis rates blamed on casual sex websites 15
5:19 PM — A four-fold increase in syphilis infections has been blamed on people using social networking websites to meet for casual sex. The disease disproportionately affects gay and bisexual men.
22nd March 2010
Iranian actor returns to screens after gender reassignment 4
6:53 PM — An Iranian actor has returned to screens as a man after transitioning. Saman Arastu, who was previously known as Farzaneh, had a strong career as a woman, playing television and film roles.
18th March 2010
Gay participants excluded from some clinical trials 8
4:47 PM — Some clinical research trials are explicitly excluding gays and lesbians, a study has found. Research sponsored by the US National Institutes of Health, the US government and private companies found that 15 per cent of the trials were found to bar gay people.