17th April 2008
Mayoral candidates tussle over smoking ban
2:35 PM — A seemingly straight-forward comment from Tory candidate for Mayor of London Boris Johnson about the smoking ban has started a row about donations to his campaign. He was asked: "are you still against the smoking ban in pubs and clubs? If so, what, if anything, do you propose to do about it?"
16th April 2008
Male eggs and female sperm “science fiction” says report 4
3:50 PM — An international panel of scientists has said that while technology that will allow human egg and sperm cells to be grown from stem cells could be here in five years, the prospects of gay and lesbian couples having children that are genetically theirs are slim.The report from the Hinxton group of stem cell researchers said that because women have two copies of the X chromosome but men have one X and one Y, there are no circumstances they can forsee an entirely same-sex baby.
Brazil takes movie inspiration for condom campaign
3:00 PM — "Do whatever you want, but do it with a condom," is the message to young gay Brazilians from a new campaign against HIV and AIDS.Government officials have defended targeting gay men, citing statistics that found there are 1.5 million gay men who have sex with men (MSM) aged between 15 and 49 out of a total population of 184 million.The director of the National Programme of HIV and AIDS, Mariangela Simao, said: "These groups are more susceptible to HIV infection."
10th April 2008
New project for black gay men seeks volunteers 1
2:45 PM — A grant from the Big Lottery Fun has allowed sexual health charity GMFA to launch a new three-year project targeting group that are disproportionately affected by HIV.Big Up, the black gay men's volunteer group at GMFA, will be carrying out research to investigate the sexual health needs of black gay men, and in turn provide them with better services.New volunteers are needed to become involved in peer education projects.
7th April 2008
International pressure on Egypt over HIV arrests
5:10 PM — More than 115 organisations that advocate human rights and the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS have protested to the government of Egypt over a spate of recent arrests.The groups signing the letter represent 41 countries on six continents, among them Human Rights Watch and Amnesty.In a letter to the Health Ministry and the Egyptian Doctors' Syndicate, the groups said that doctors who helped interrogate men jailed on suspicion of being HIV-positive violated their own medical ethics.
Anger at “laissez-faire attitude” as US HIV infections up 48%
11:40 AM — A US Centre for Disease Ccontrol HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, that was quietly released recently, shows a "catastrophic" 48% increase in US HIV infections between the years 2005 and 2006.The number of infections jumped to 52,878 new reported cases in 2006 up from 35,537 reported in 2005.With the lifetime costs of one HIV-infected individual's treatment and care estimated to be $600,000 (£302,000) , the new CDC surveillance numbers suggest a $36 billion aggregate cost for caring for these nearly 53,000 individuals.
2nd April 2008
Thailand joins gay blood ban 2
2:00 PM — The Thai Red Cross Society has decided to reject blood donations from homosexual men in a move which has met with strong opposition from human rights organisations.It said it had large amounts of unused blood that had tested HIV-positive.Most of the infected blood was reportedly from men who were having unprotected sex with other men, according the director of the National Blood Centre, Soisaang Pikulsod. Thailand is not the first country to ban gay men from donating blood.
28th March 2008
2,630 gay men diagnosed with HIV in 2007 4
11:30 AM — The Health Protection Agency has revealed that there were an estimated 6,840 new HIV diagnoses in the UK last year, more than a third of them gay men.It is the third successive year that new diagnoses among gay men have risen above 2,600, the highest levels since records began.Increased testing is likely to have contributed in part to these recent high numbers of HIV diagnoses. 2,630 gay men were diagnosed as HIV positive last year.
27th March 2008
Pregnant trans man intrigues bloggerati 2
6:45 PM — Thomas Beatie, a transgendered man from the US state of Oregon who revealed he is pregnant in the latest issue of The Advocate, is five months along according to various reports.Now the story, which spread like wildfire on the Web yesterday following its appearance in the latest issue of the LGBT news magazine, is prompting mass discussion among bloggers.Beatie, who transitioned from female to male, decided not to remove his reproductive organs and stopped taking testosterone injections.
26th March 2008
Pregnant trans man speaks out against medical discrimination 3
10:20 AM — Thomas Beatie, a transgendered man from Portland, Oregon, has revealed he is pregnant in the latest issue of The Advocate.Beatie, who transitioned from female to male, said he has faced discrimination from doctors and healthcare providers over the pregnancy.During his transition, Beatie decided not to remove his reproductive organs and stopped taking testosterone injections so he could become pregnant.
20th March 2008
THT launches tests and treatments by post
5:20 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is to offer a range of paid-for sexual health tests and treatments.THT by Post offers testing and treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, testing for HIV and treatment for genital herpes and non-specific urethritis.The tests involve taking either a saliva or urine sample at home and posting it off to a lab to be analysed.
Medical council denies gay fertility discrimination 1
4:20 PM — The regulatory body for the medical professions in the UK has said that doctors cannot discrimate against groups of patients, such as gay men or lesbians.The General Medical Council said that a PinkNews.co.uk report on its new guidelines, entitled Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice, was wrong to give the impression that doctors could decline fertility treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Funding pledged to fight stigma around HIV
1:10 PM — UK organisations are being asked to submit plans for innovative programmes that address stigma and shame around HIV/AIDS and the link between those factors and prevention, care and treatment for the disease.The MAC AIDS Fund is the philanthropic arm of Estée Lauder-owned M·A·C Cosmetics.It has pledged £250,000 in new grant money to fight the problem nationally.
New rules for doctors raise gay fertility treatment questions 1
12:30 PM — New guidelines from the General Medical Council mean doctors could have to reveal to patients if they object to fertility treatment.Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice also covers abortion, the wearing of veils by female doctors and circumcision of male children.The GMC has said that doctors cannot deny any procedure to a patient on the grounds of their sexual orientation. At present some fertility clinics have a blanket ban on same-sex couples.
19th March 2008
Gay dating site helps AIDS fight through grid computing
1:50 PM — Computer users can help find a cure for AIDS with the click of a mouse.Through the technology known as grid computing, PC users are now able to assist scientific research halfway across the world, equipped only with their computers and their Internet connection.Gay dating site Fitlads.net is asking its members to install a small piece of software, by invitation from the research laboratory working on the project as part of FightAIDS@Home.
18th March 2008
HIV clusters nothing new say THT and GMFA 3
5:50 PM — Sexual health charities that work with the gay community have said that a recent study that claims HIV is spreading among clusters of gay men is "nothing new."Gay men's health group GMFA and Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) both said that infections among specific groups of gay men have been an acknowledged factor in the epidemiology of the disease for decades.Tim Molloy from GMFA told PinkNews.co.uk: "We have always been aware of sexual networks. Men go to the same bar and are into the same things so it is obvious that there will be a pattern."
14th March 2008
Lesbian couple delighted at birth of quads 1
5:45 PM — A lesbian couple who work at the Irvine Police Department in Orange County, California have become the parents to quadruplets.Cristine Gaiennie and Patsy Lovell, who have a 2-year old son from the same anonymous sperm donor, conceived after seven failed attempts at artificial insemination.Gaiennie, 39, who carried the babies, underwent ovulation induction to stimulate egg production before successfully giving birth to two boys and two girls earlier this month.
13th March 2008
Charity calls for HPV vaccines for boys
1:10 PM — The UK's leading dental charity is appealing to the government to include males in a planned vaccination programme to guard against the sexually transmitted HPV virus.The British Dental Health Foundation's appeal was in response to a new large scale US study of 46,000 mouth cancer cases.It found that the number of deaths caused by the sexually transmitted HPV virus has increased by a third over the last 30 years and is now the highest it has ever been.
10th March 2008
Hidden lives: self-harm and the LGBT community 16
2:03 PM — It is interesting what sort of psychological problems our society chooses to accept as tangible and important.Our "Prozac Nation" understands and sympathises with depression in its various forms. We understand stress and anxiety, and few weeks pass without the mention of eating disorders.Even suicide is discussed intelligently and empathetically and recognised as something that desperately needs to be dealt with. However, if you mention 'self-harm', many people will shake their heads or shrug it off.
7th March 2008
GMFA lose contract for HIV prevention ads 3
6:30 PM — A radical overhaul of National Health Service-funded HIV prevention services for gay men in London has seen a number of programmes shift from GMFA to Terrence Higgins Trust.GMFA, a gay health charity founded in 1992, has lost the contract for London advertising campaigns, which will now be delivered by THT, who also hold the contract for providing advertising campaigns on a national basis.THT also gained a part of the group work contract.