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  • 20th March 2008

    New rules for doctors raise gay fertility treatment questions 1

    Two men will be able to apply for a parental order to become parents of a child conceived through a surrogacy arrangement.

    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

    The FightAIDS@Home project was first launched in 2002 in the US, to limited exposure.

    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

    2,700 gay and bisexual men were newly diagnosed in 2006, the highest number ever.

    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

    At 28 weeks, Gaiennie was admitted to St Joseph Hospital in Orange County.  photo: losiek@flickr.com

    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

    Mouth cancer kills one person every five hours in the UK and affecting more men than women.

    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

    People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) seem to be far more likely to self-harm.  photo: MimiLimi@flickr.com

    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

    GMFA did win the contract to produce small media resources, such as postcards and booklets.

    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.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Blood service defends gay discrimination 18

    The twelve-month wait is not an option for gay or bisexual men, even one who has been celibate for most of their life.

    5:55 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has challenged the National Blood Service to explain why it continues to discriminate against any man who has ever had sex with another man.Currently, a man who has ever had oral or anal sex with another man, even with a condom, is barred from donating blood for life because they are deemed to be more at risk of passing on sexually transmitted diseases.A National Blood Service spokesperson said the ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood is "justified."

  • 6th March 2008

    Call for action against bogus AIDS cures

    In Gambia in February 2007 President Yahya Jammeh claimed to have developed a herbal cure for AIDS.

    11:05 AM — A leading human rights group has called on the United Nations to act against the proliferation of unproven treatments for AIDS.An article published in the peer-reviewed journal Globalisation and Health, Human Rights Watch cited examples of the promotion of these remedies in countries as diverse as Zambia,Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, India, and Zimbabwe.Human Rights Watch says the UN and its member states are failing to address serious threats to life and health.

  • 5th March 2008

    Porn company abandons bareback after BBC investigation 16

    Icreme claimed that all their porn performers would use condoms from now on.

    11:40 PM — British porn producer Icreme has agreed to stop filming bareback scenes.The company claims to produce more adult material than any other in the UK.Icreme told the BBC that all their porn performers would use condoms from now on.

  • EXCLUSIVE: HIV+ bareback porn performer speaks out 9

    Clyde has been in two or three bareback DVDs and more scenes that went online.

    8:50 PM — Clyde is like many 20 year old gay boys: chatty, outgoing, sweet natured, and already learning the harsh realities of life on the scene.A former porn performer, he found out he is HIV+ last year.BBC news programme Newsnight has been investigating the booming industry in cheaply made gay porn and the seemingly insatiable appetite for films featuring sex without condoms, known as 'bareback.'

  • Bi and lesbian women’s net communities studied

    Researchers at London Metropolitan University are asking for women to take part in an online survey

    6:15 PM — A London university is looking at the role that internet communities have in the lives of lesbian and bisexual women and how this may relate to health and well being.Researchers at London Metropolitan University are asking for women to take part in an online survey as part of the study, which will also consider if message boards function as a sense of community or social support.In the next phase of the study the research team will be conducting a series of interviews and are keen for bi and lesbian women to take part.

  • American porn performers concerned about STDs

    The study comes on the heels of legendary adult film director Chi Chi Larue's new “safe sex is hot sex“ campaign.

    5:15 PM — In an anonymous survey conducted by TheSword.com last week, almost 30% of gay adult performers revealed that they were either HIV positive or were unaware of their HIV status.While many performers believed that condom-only studios were providing safety for industry workers in the area of HIV prevention, only half believed that they were receiving adequate prevention from other STDs like syphilis, HPV and chlamydia.The study comes on the heels of legendary adult film director Chi Chi Larue's new "safe sex is hot sex" campaign.

  • Bareback porn withdrawn from sale after investigation 6

    one of the men told Newsnight that he was “distressed that footage which he believed showed him becoming infected had been put on sale.“

    3:40 PM — The BBC news programme Newsnight has reported that three porn films have been withdrawn from sale after the programme revealed that some performers are becoming infected with HIV.Two of the DVD titles show eight young men having sex with each other "in various combinations" without using condoms. Four of them were diagnosed as HIV positive shortly after filming.One of the men told Newsnight that he was "distressed that footage which he believed showed him becoming infected had been put on sale."

  • 4th March 2008

    NHS Trust unveils gay-specific cancer information

    some particular cancers seem to be more common in gay men and lesbians.

    3:10 PM — A Primary Care Trust in London has produced information leaflets about cancer specifically for lesbians and gay men.This is the first time an NHS organisation has produced such leaflets.The Barking and Dagenham Primary Care Trust developed them in association with the Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists (GLADD).Entitled Gay Men and Cancer and Lesbians and Cancer, they are the newest additions to the PCT's A Guide to Cancer series.

  • 3rd March 2008

    Gays and lesbians urged to kick the habit 2

    The gay, lesbian and bisexual community tend to smoke for different reasons and at an earlier age than heterosexual men and women.

    5:05 PM — Smoking rates among the gay and lesbian community in the UK are significantly higher than the general population, and this No Smoking Day we are being urged to give up the fags for good.Around 40% of gays and lesbians smoke, as opposed to 23% of men and 24% of women in general population.Smoking kills more than 112,000 people in the UK each year, making it the country's biggest preventable killer. The gay, lesbian and bisexual community tend to smoke for different reasons and at an earlier age than heterosexual men and women.

  • 21st February 2008

    HIV+ gay men at “increased risk” from smoking diseases 2

    GMFA points to an increase in the number of cases of “non-AIDS defining cancers“ among people who are living with the virus.

    4:55 PM — HIV positive gay men are more likely to suffer from a variety of smoking related illnesses than HIV negative smokers, a gay health charity has claimed.Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA) said: "evidence for this has been growing over the last few years, and these increased risks often have nothing to do with a weakened immune system."The group points to an increase in the number of cases of 'non-AIDS defining cancers' among people who are living with the virus.

  • 20th February 2008

    China starts HIV prevention schemes among gay men

    The ministry estimates that there are five to ten million gay men in China among a population of one billion.

    2:30 PM — The Chinese Ministry of Health is to devise an HIV prevention policy after a rise in infections among the country's gay population, it announced today.Prevention measures will target MSM (men who have sex with men) and extend condom use, Xinhua news agency reports.The ministry estimates that there are five to ten million gay men in China among a population of one billion, most of them living in cities.

  • 19th February 2008

    London Falcons’ dream of Cup glory is over

    Manchester time and time again were able to break through a shaky Falcons defence.

    11:30 AM — Gay football league leaders the London Falcons' FC dreams of a league and cup double were well and truly put to rest at Sparrows Lane over the weekend.A resurgent Manchester team succeeded in gaining revenge for their last minute defeat to the Falcons in the league by not only winning 1-4 to book a place in their first ever GNC final but by dominating a lacklustre and underperforming Falcons side, who never looked like coming away with the victory.

  • 15th February 2008

    Police warning on crystal meth use 6

    Gay men who use crystal meth were between two and three times more likely to have unsafe sex as those who do not use the drug.

    11:15 AM — A report from the Association of Chief Police Officers predicts a rise in the number of people taking methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth.An ACPO spokesman told the BBC that at present it is still a "relatively minor" problem in the UK but there has been a "gradual rise in the reporting of the use and manufacturing of the drug."Research published in July 2006 claimed that up to 20% of gay men questioned at sexual health clinics and gyms in London had taken the drug.

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