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  • 13th December 2007

    L Word inspires million dollar gift to cancer foundation

    When Erin Daniels' character, Dana, was diagnosed with breast cancer she was a 32-year-old tennis star.

    12:58 PM — An anonymous donor has given a $1 million (£490,000) gift to a cancer foundation in honour of Erin Daniels and Leisha Hailey, two of the stars of the hit Showtime series, The L Word, for the realism and truth they brought to a breast cancer storyline that ended with the death of Erin Daniels' character, Dana Fairbanks.It is the largest private donation ever made to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation."The donor, who has chosen to remain anonymous, wanted to honour the actresses."

  • 10th December 2007

    Parkinson’s drugs led to gay sex addiction claims father

    Dopamine agonists are in several drugs which are commonly prescribed for Parkinson's sufferers.  photo: fillmore photography@flickr.com

    12:04 PM — A father-of-two with Parkinson's disease may be awarded damages in France after he turned into a gambler and a thief with uncontrollable homosexual urges because of drugs prescribed for his treatment.Didier Jambart, 47, is suing for €400,000 (£287,000) after being prescribed with dopamine agonist drugs, which he claims led to severe mood swings.During his highs he turned to gambling and accumulated debts of €130,000.

  • 5th December 2007

    Analysis: New law will protect parents and sperm donors 1

    The advantages of using a fertility clinic mean that the donor is registered, and cannot be legally held responsible for the child's welfare or upkeep.

    4:50 PM — The story of a 37-year-old man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple and is now being asked to pay child support highlights the complicated legal situation around children conceived by artificial methods.New legislation before Parliament aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services and ensure that a lesbian or gay couple can become the legal parents of their children.At present the law requires that NHS fertility clinics take account of the "need for a father" when assessing women for treatment.

  • 4th December 2007

    High HIV risk for MSM in developing countries

    Fewer than one in 20 MSM around the world has access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, and far fewer in lower income settings.

    12:07 PM — The U.S.-based AIDS research foundation amfAR has called on policymakers to put aside their prejudices and provide the resourcesand the leadership that the epidemic demands.amFAR was responding to a new study demonstrating the severity of the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) in low and middle-income countries.Researchers at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health recently published the results of a new study.

  • 3rd December 2007

    PM pledges more money for HIV/AIDS 1

    Mr Brown said that HIV and AIDS are “one of the greatest challenges of our time and a key priority for this government.“

    12:35 PM — Gordon Brown has unveiled government plans to increase the AIDS support grant by 20 per cent, equivalent to £17.6m, over the next three years.But, he stressed, in his announcement made the day before World AIDS Day, commitment is needed from the whole of society to help fight stigma and educate people to protect themselves.Mr Brown said that HIV and AIDS are "one of the greatest challenges of our time and a key priority for this government."

  • 2nd December 2007

    50 million Chinese at risk from HIV

    Although Chinese leaders are more openly confronting the disease these days, after years of denying it was a problem, challenges remain.

    3:10 PM — United Nations officials are raising the alarm in China that between 30 and 50 million of that country's citizens are at risk of contracting HIV or AIDS.The warning comes just a day after Chinese officials reported the spread of the disease has slowed.Last week, according to news agency AFP, Chinese health minister Chen Zhu announced there were an estimated 50,000 new cases of HIV in 2007, bringing the total number of Chinese people living with HIV and AIDS to 700,000.

  • 30th November 2007

    10% of London’s gay men have HIV 4

    Almost half of HIV infected men who have sex with men left sexual health clinics last year unaware of their HIV infection.

    3:15 PM — As we commemorate World AIDS Day tomorrow across the world, the National AIDS Trust has highlighted the high rates of HIV infection among the London gay community.At a fundraising event on Wednesday, hosted by Gaydar parent company QSoft Consulting, the trust's chief executive urged the gay community to do more to tackle the problem.Earlier this month the Health Protection Agency revealed that the number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in the UK is at its highest rate since the start of the epidemic.

  • 28th November 2007

    Thinking positive: HIV+ athletes

    There are only four documented cases in the world in which a person became HIV-positive after large quantities of HIV-containing blood splashed into his eyes, mouth, or broken skin.

    10:40 AM — Greg Louganis is regarded by most as one of the most spectacular divers to ever break the surface of the water.Training for his moment of glory since he was a young boy, Louganis first burst on to the diving scene when he competed and medalled in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, at the age of 16.Favoured to win gold in both the 3 and 10-metre events in 1980, Louganis would have to sit the competition out when the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics.

  • 27th November 2007

    Gay health insurance launched in Netherlands

    A spokesperson for the insurance company AGIS told Radio Netherlands Worldwide  (RNW) that the policy had been worked out in co-operation with the COC Dutch LGBT rights group, and will be available from the beginning of 2008.

    12:50 PM — A Dutch insurance firm plans to offer special healthcare policies for gay and lesbian clients.A spokesperson for the insurance company AGIS told Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) that the policy had been worked out in co-operation with the COC Dutch LGBT rights group, and will be available from the beginning of 2008.

  • 26th November 2007

    HIV infections in Estonia five times Euro average

    Since 1999, the number of new HIV diagnoses reported in Western Europe both among heterosexuals and homosexuals has doubled.

    11:45 AM — Startling new figures reveal that Estonia has the highest rate of new HIV diagnosis in Europe.According to the data, 504 new cases were reported per million inhabitants in 2006 compared to the average rate of new diagnosis across Europe of 111 per million inhabitants.Countries in the European Union have a lower average rate of 67 per million inhabitants.

  • Fallout from failed HIV vaccine trial continues

    Whether the results of the study will ultimately help or hinder HIV research is debatable.

    10:30 AM — Just a few short months ago, a spirit of cautious optimism surrounded the prospects for a viable HIV vaccine.As pharmaceutical company Merck began testing its highly anticipated V520 vaccine, which it had reportedly been developing over a ten year period, there was an undercurrent of excitement among researchers in the HIV community about the radical new approach, which was expected to attack, seek out, and destroy infected cells.

  • 23rd November 2007

    New gay HIV infections at highest rate ever 20

    In 2006, an estimated 31,100 men who have sex with men (MSM) were living with HIV in the UK.

    12:40 PM — The latest figures released today from the Health Protection Agency reveal that the number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in the UK is at its highest rate since the start of the epidemic.2,700 gay and bisexual men were newly diagnosed last year, the highest number ever.Across the UK 1 in 20 gay and bisexual men are now living with HIV and estimates suggest this figure is as high as 1 in 10 in London.

  • 22nd November 2007

    Warning over poppers link to HIV infection 1

    The re-emergence of syphilis and chlamydia indicate that the sexual health of gay men is a cause for concern.

    12:03 PM — Poppers usage could increase a gay mans susceptibility to HIV transmission during unprotected sex, a new UK study has found.The use of the drug facilitates longer and rougher sex, as well as increasing the body's uptake of fluids.The research, published in the online edition of Sexually Transmitted Infections, shows gay men are still the highest risk group in terms of UK HIV infection.

  • UN figures indicate fall in global HIV infections

    AIDS is among the leading causes of death globally and remains the primary cause of death in Africa.

    11:20 AM — New data from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests the percentage of people around the globe living with HIV has levelled off and that the number of new infections has fallen, in part as a result of the impact of HIV programmes.Officials warned, however, that while the global prevalence of HIV infection, the percentage of people infected with HIV, has levelled off, the total number of people living with HIV is increasing "because of ongoing acquisition of HIV infection, combined with longer survival times, in a continuously growing general population."

  • 21st November 2007

    Spray-on condom unveiled 1

    The rubber dries in seconds and is later rolled off and discarded like a conventional condom.

    12:35 PM — A German inventor had invented a spray-on condom.Jan Vinzenze Krause, director of the Institute for Condom Consultancy said the idea came from the idea that the condom should fit the man, and not the other way round.Speaking to Spiegel Online he said: "If you go into a drug store to buy condoms, the ones they sell are mainly suited to men with the average penis length of 14.5 centimetres (5.51 inches), but a lot of people have penises that are smaller or larger than that"

  • 19th November 2007

    Number of AIDS cases lower than previously estimated

    Much of the global drop in AIDS cases is due to revised estimates from India, which this year slashed its numbers in half, from about six million cases to about three million, and to new data from countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

    6:15 PM — Global numbers of people with AIDS may have been over exaggerated, according to news reports.The number in 2006, estimated to be 40 million people, may have been 6.2 million over the real amount.The decline is largely just on paper -- the new numbers are the result of improved methodology, which shows the spread of AIDS has been losing momentum for almost a decade.

  • Murphy-O’Connor: plans for easier lesbian IVF “profoundly wrong” 4

    Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor: plans are “profoundly wrong“

    12:01 AM — The Government's plans to allow lesbian couples to use IVF to bring up children without any lasting involvement from the father have come under fire from politicians and religious leaders.The leader of Britain's Catholic Church, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, criticised the planned Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill , saying that it is "profoundly wrong" to allow lesbian couples to conceive children in this way.

  • 14th November 2007

    International study reveals AIDS ignorance

    Nearly half of the survey's respondents believed that most HIV-infected patients were being treated for their disease.

    10:58 AM — A new survey from the MAC AIDS Fund suggests a lot of people the world over still need to be educated about HIV and AIDS.For instance, more than 40 percent of 4,510 respondents from nine countries did not understand AIDS is always a fatal disease.Many also wrongly believed there is a cure for HIV, while nearly half of the survey's respondents believed that most HIV-infected patients were being treated for their disease.

  • 13th November 2007

    Failed AIDS drug trials could harm future studies

    In the US the Merck vaccine trials took place in 15 cities including Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

    11:20 AM — Executives at Merck and AIDS researchers worldwide are still reeling from the recent announcement that a cold germ might be to blame for the once promising AIDS vaccine that was withdrawn from trial last month after research showed it may well increase risk of infection.The vaccine, being tested across North America, South Africa and in several other locations across the world, was shown to cause more of the some 3,000 test subject who were given the vaccine to develop HIV than those who were given a placebo.

  • 12th November 2007

    More sex please – the British on holiday

    Those who are young and single were most open to having sex with someone new while abroad.

    3:40 PM — One in five Britons has sex with someone new when abroad, according to research published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.The conclusions are based on interviews with 12,000 men and women aged between 16 and 44 as part of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL).14% of men and 7% of women admitted to having sex with a new partner while overseas.

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