5th November 2009
Compulsory sex education to include gay relationships and HIV 48
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
25th September 2009
Federal healthcare bill ‘will actually harm gays and lesbians’ 11
5:24 PM — A bill which proposes expanded federal healthcare discriminates against gay couples, the leader of a Republican gay group has said.
24th September 2009
Peter Tatchell repeats calls for lowered age of consent 30
1:52 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has reiterated his calls to lower the age of consent for both straight and gay people.
Vaccine cuts risk of HIV infection ‘by a third’ 4
11:02 AM — Researchers have found that a combination of two experimental HIV vaccines cut infection rates by one third. The seven-year trial, carried out in Thailand on 16,000 people, is the first to cut infection rates.
17th September 2009
Survey: Two-thirds of gay men have had an HIV test 1
11:13 AM — Research has suggested that two in three gay men have been tested for HIV, a number which has risen since 2002. However, it also found that almost half of men having casual sex in the last year never discuss HIV status with partners.
15th September 2009
Stonewall health campaign urges ‘Love your inner lesbian’ 2
5:26 PM — A new poster campaign from gay rights charity Stonewall is urging lesbians and bisexual women to take better care of their health and 'love their inner lesbian'.
9th September 2009
Australia’s HIV rates lowest for ten years 3
5:48 PM — Rates of HIV infections in Australia are at their lowest level in ten years, according to new official figures. However, experts have urged caution, saying the change may be due to new data collation methods.
7th September 2009
German HIV advert uses Hitler lookalike 79
7:57 PM — A German HIV prevention ad uses the images of famous dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Saddam Hussein to support the message: "AIDS is a mass murderer".