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Health

  • 23rd November 2009

    Mother fights for NHS treatment of trans daughter 6

    Hormone treatment can only be given at the age of 16 in the UK

    1:09 PM — The mother of a 14-year-old trans girl is fighting to get her hormone treatment on the NHS. Carole Smith, 41, said that her child needed hormone treatment to prevent her from entering puberty as a boy.

  • 19th November 2009

    NHS ‘a world pioneer’ in treating intersex babies 15

    The NHS does not automatically carry out surgery on intersex babies

    5:57 PM — British doctors are becoming "world pioneers" in treating children and adults who are born with ambiguous genitals, it has been reported. The NHS treats such babies on the assumption that they should not automatically be operated on.

  • Video: Gordon Brown records message for World AIDS Day 4

    Gordon Brown thanked AIDS campaigners

    4:15 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has recorded a video message for World AIDS Day. In the message, Brown paid tribute to the gay community in the 1980s, which he said had "led the way" on HIV and AIDS campaigning.

  • 18th November 2009

    Exclusive: HIV film ‘dangerous and misleading’ 468

    House of Numbers looks at the link between HIV and AIDS

    12:32 PM — A film about HIV and what causes AIDS has been attacked for being misleading and even dangerous. HIV charities and health experts have told PinkNews.co.uk that the ideas the film promotes are "pseudo-science" and could damage the public health.

  • 17th November 2009

    Elton John says young people are ‘complacent’ about HIV 3

    Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish

    11:45 AM — Elton John has said that young people are putting themselves at risk of HIV infection by not having safe sex. Speaking at a charity gala for his AIDS charity last night, he warned that the latest generation are "complacent" about the dangers.

  • 11th November 2009

    Doctors: Gay marriage and military ban ‘bad for health’ 9

    Doctors believe anti-equality measures harm health

    4:44 PM — The American Medical Association voted yesterday to oppose bans on gay marriage and out gay personnel in the military, saying that they were bad for health.

  • 10th November 2009

    Survey to find out more about over-50s and HIV 3

    The survey will look at older people living with HIV

    4:25 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust and Age Concern are carrying out a survey into the experiences of people with HIV who are over 50.

  • 5th November 2009

    Compulsory sex education to include gay relationships and HIV 48

    All schools will be required to teach sex education

    4:10 PM — The government announced today that sex education will become compulsory for all schools, including lessons on gay relationships and sexually transmitted infections such as HIV.

  • 3rd November 2009

    Scotland to give lesbians equal IVF rights 11

    Scottish lesbians are set to gain more rights (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    7:33 PM — Lesbian couples in Scotland will soon be given equal rights to fertility treatment on the NHS. Following legal action by one lesbian couple, the government has set up an advisory group which is expected to recommend early next year that lesbians should be routinely allowed access to NHS fertility services.

  • 2nd November 2009

    Comment: The way forward for HIV prevention 57

    Gary Leigh argues that a new way forward is needed

    6:45 PM — Earlier this year, Gary Leigh wrote an article for PinkNews.co.uk attacking the HIV prevention centre for not doing enough to tackle the threat of HIV. His article provoked anger from some HIV charities, while dividing opinion among our readers.

  • Obama lifts ban on HIV-positive people entering the US 4

    Obama lifted the ban on Friday

    3:40 PM — US president Barack Obama has lifted the ban on HIV-positive people entering the country. The 22-year-old law was one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people with HIV.

  • 29th October 2009

    Kenya to conduct census of gays 9

    Kenya is in eastern Africa

    6:15 PM — Kenya is to conduct a census of gay people in an attempt to control the spread of HIV. The confidential survey will be carried out by the National AIDS/STD Control Programme, starting in January or February next year.

  • 28th October 2009

    Gay men could be subject to five-year ban on blood donation 85

    Currently, gay and bisexual men are barred for life from giving blood

    6:55 PM — A public meeting yesterday discussed the possibility of a five-year deferral for gay and bisexual men donating blood, rather than a lifetime ban.

  • 27th October 2009

    Public meeting to be held today on gay blood ban 44

    Gay men are currently banned from donating blood

    11:11 AM — A public consultation is to be held today in London on the ban on gay men donating blood. A protest held by the National Union of Students is scheduled for 1pm.

  • 19th October 2009

    New Zealand study finds half of gay and bi students have self-harmed 4

    The survey found worrying levels of self-harm (Photo: made-underground)

    7:28 PM — A study of gay and bisexual teenagers in New Zealand has suggested that half of them have deliberately harmed themselves in the past year.

  • 8th October 2009

    Trans woman goes to court after being denied breast implants 20

    The woman is taking her PCT to court

    1:27 PM — A trans woman who was denied breast enlargement surgery is taking her primary care trust to court. The patient, known only as 'C', has been living as a woman for ten years and has undergone hormone treatment, although she has not had any other surgery.

  • 7th October 2009

    Canadian gay man admits lying to donate blood 11

    Kyle Freeman is arguing against the blood ban on gay men

    10:57 AM — A gay man in Canada is suing the the country's blood services for barring him from donating blood. Kyle Freeman admitted in court this week that he had lied about his sexual history in order to undergo the procedure, which he believes is the "ultimate gift" a person can give.

  • 6th October 2009

    Charity calls for HIV-positive gay men to share their experiences 20

    One of the stories on the website

    3:56 PM — The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is calling on anyone who has HIV or is affected by it to share their stories on a new website.

  • 5th October 2009

    Lesbians still being denied fertility treatment 4

    Photo: D Sharon Pruitt

    6:21 PM — A Freedom of Information Act request has found that lesbian women are still being denied fertility treatment. According to a survey, primary care trusts appear to be turning down lesbian couples for treatment on the grounds that funding is only available for those with fertility problems.

  • 28th September 2009

    Terrence Higgins Trust offers HIV detection test four weeks after exposure 3

    Terrence Higgins Trust is now offering a new, faster HIV test

    2:20 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is now offering an HIV test which can be used four weeks after infection. Usually, tests can only be carried out three months after the date of suspected transmission.

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