17th November 2008
Red Cross tactics attacked as gay blood tribunal hears closing submission 1
4:02 PM — The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal has finished its hearings into the ban on men who have sex with men donating blood and will now consider the thousands of pages of evidence.
HIV vaccine trial did not prevent infections
11:06 AM — The clinical trial of a HIV vaccine in the US has found that it does not lower the risk of acquiring HIV, and in some cases may actually increase the risk of contracting the infection.
13th November 2008
President-elect Obama to target abstinence-only programmes 3
3:12 PM — After a meeting with President Bush in the White House earlier this week, Barack Obama has turned his attention to the changes he wants to make to US policy.
Unusual case of man “cured” of HIV via marrow transplant not “big breakthrough”
1:51 PM — Scientists and sexual health charities have warned that the case of a man who appears to have been cured of HIV by a bone marrow transplant from a donor who had a genetic resistance to the virus does not represent a major breakthrough.
Two men jailed for assault in Dutch HIV blood case 5
12:36 PM — A court in Holland has found two men guilty of assault after a trial in which witnesses testified they were drugged, sexually assaulted and injected with HIV positive blood.
12th November 2008
City and Guilds launch new Level 2 Award in HIV and AIDS 1
5:04 PM — The UK's leading body for vocational and managerial skills has announced a new qualification in understanding HIV and AIDS.
National AIDS Trust questions gay blood donor ban
1:08 PM — A leading HIV charity has accused the National Blood Service of not doing enough to challenge a lifetime ban on donations from men who have had sex with men.
10th November 2008
Thousands of lives could be saved by new anal cancer test 8
7:09 PM — A new test that will detect the early signs of a cancer that is prevalent among gay men has been devised.
Gay donations would mean more safe blood, tribunal told
5:53 PM — An anti-discrimination tribunal in Australia has been told that lifting a ban on gay men giving blood would increase the amount of safe transfusions available.
4th November 2008
Scottish blood service defends ban on gay donations 4
3:11 PM — The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service has said that the rise in gay men becoming infected with the HIV virus meant the ban on blood donations from that group was justified.
New website supports parents worried about homophobic bullying 1
2:44 PM — A national charity has launched a website for parents concerned about bullying with the message "you are not alone."
Leading doctor suspended for sending gay hate letter 10
10:41 AM — The President of the Islamic Medical Association has been suspended from medical practice for 12 months by the General Medical Council.
31st October 2008
Bishop fails to stop same-sex parents as Embryology Bill passes final stage 4
9:20 PM — The House of Lords voted in favour of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill on Wednesday, marking the end of its Parliamentary journey.
GP blackmailed by patient over ‘gay massage’ is struck off 1
6:25 PM — The General Medical Council has struck off a doctor who masturbated a male patient while giving him a massage and then paid him £100 a week not to report the incident.
Doctor accused of homophobia storms out of disciplinary hearing 4
4:16 PM — A GP who has given differing explanations about a letter published in his name that said gay people needed the "stick of law to put them on the right path" has stopped attending his disciplinary hearing.
Analysis: Blood donor policy is discriminatory and contradictory 2
2:20 PM — In April the Scottish Parliament asked for submissions from various groups about the ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood.
Scottish Parliament to consider gay blood ban 1
2:04 PM — Scotland's national LGBT campaigns group has submitted a detailed case to the Scottish Parliament calling for the removal of the ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood.
30th October 2008
THT increases democratic base with free membership scheme 1
2:32 PM — A leading sexual health charity is encouraging people to join its free membership scheme. Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) members will be kept up to date on the latest HIV news.
28th October 2008
Lottery funding for five year study into gays, drugs and alcohol 1
5:48 PM — The Big Lottery Fund's Big Research Programme is to provide funds for "England's first ever research into drug and alcohol use among lesbian, gay and bisexual communities."
Leading Muslim doctor faces professional conduct hearing over homophobic letter 16
1:47 PM — A fitness to practise hearing has been told that a GP who wrote a homophobic and transphobic letter to a medical magazine has changed his story several times.