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  • 18th April 2008

    Euro politicians speak out on gay teen suicides 1

    Young LGBT people are facing homophobic bullying when they are still in education

    2:03 PM — A new report released by the Council of Europe this week has acknowledged that suicide rates among young LGBT people are "significantly higher" than the general population.

  • NHS in Wales to improve services for gays and lesbians

    LGB people in Wales are the most likely in Britain to think they will face discrimination when accessing health services

    1:22 PM — New guidance has been issued to the National Health Service by Wales' Health Minister. Edwina Hart said that the Assembly government had produced the guidance in partnership with Stonewall Cymru.

  • SATC star reveals fight with breast cancer

    42-year-old Nixon said she was not surprised by the diagnosis

    10:20 AM — Actress Cynthia Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and underwent radiation treatment to treat the disease, the Sex and the City star revealed on Tuesday Appearing on Good Morning America. 42-year-old Nixon said she was not surprised by the diagnosis because her mother had battled breast cancer as well.

  • 17th April 2008

    Mayoral candidates tussle over smoking ban

    Boris Johnson has been tackled about donations from the tobacco industry

    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

    Women have two copies of the X chromosome but men have one X and one Y.

    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

    The posters were inspired by the advertising for the Hollywood film American Beauty.

    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

    A grant from the Big Lottery Fun has allowed sexual health charity GMFA to launch a new three-year project.

    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

    At least 12 men have been arrested and four have already been sentenced to a year in jail.

    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%

    In the US the number of infections jumped to 52,878 new reported cases in 2006 up from 35,537 reported in 2005.

    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

    France, Russia and South Africa have recently lifted the blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

    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

    It is the third successive year that new HIV diagnoses among gay men have risen above 2,600, the highest levels since records began.

    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

    Traditional pregnancy site Mom Logic compares the story to a soap opera.

    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

    In his column for The Advocate, Beatie wrote that it feels “incredible“ to be a “pregnant man“.

    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

    The tests, treatment and other sexual health services can be ordered online from http://www.thtbypost.org.uk

    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

    “We expect doctors to be prepared to set aside their personal beliefs where this is necessary in order to provide care,“ said the GMC.

    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

    The MAC AIDS Fund has pledged £250,000 in new grant money to fight the problem of HIV stigma.

    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

    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.

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