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  • 9th November 2007

    Bi and gay Africans with HIV face double stigma says report

    This report is third in a series of projects describing the experiences of African people living with HIV in London.

    11:50 AM — The first study into the lives of gay and bisexual African men living with HIV in London describes the challenges they face in dealing with the complex and sometimes contradictory realities of life.The report, entitled I count myself as being in a different world: African gay and bisexual men living with HIV in London, has just been released by the Centre of Sexual Health and HIV at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.It highlights that the additional stigma of being gay or bisexual and HIV positive is difficult for African men.

  • 7th November 2007

    Cold germ may have upset AIDS vaccine trials

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

    5:50 PM — A cold germ is seemingly to blame for the once promising AIDS vaccine that was yanked from trial in South Africa last month after a sister vaccine being tested on humans throughout North America showed it may well increase risk of infection.Researchers said at a conference in Seattle today that the germ appears to weaken immunity, causing more of the some 3,000 test subject who were given the vaccine to develop HIV than those who were given a placebo.

  • 31st October 2007

    HIV may have come to US in 1960s

    AIDS has killed more than 25 million people and about 40 million others are infected with HIV.

    10:36 AM — The HIV virus arrived the United States in 1969 from Haiti, carried most likely by a single infected immigrant who set the stage for a world epidemic, scientists said on Monday.According to Reuters, Michael Worobey, a University of Arizona evolutionary biologist, said the 1969 U.S. entry date is earlier than some experts had believed.The timeline laid out in the study led by Worobey indicates that HIV infections were occurring in the United States for roughly 12 years before AIDS was first recognised.

  • 29th October 2007

    AIDS “vaccine” may increase infection risk 1

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

    10:55 AM — Trials of a promising AIDS vaccine in South Africa were halted earlier this week after a sister vaccine being tested on humans throughout North America showed it did nothing to prevent HIV infection.In fact, according to the Seattle Times, the vaccine may well increase risk of infection.Following the abandonment of the trials, South African AIDS researchers have begun contacting the hundreds of volunteers who took part in the trials over recent months.

  • 25th September 2007

    Transsexuals are happy with gender reassignment surgery in Britain

    Most post operative transsexuals are happy with their cosmetic surgery

    1:00 PM — Most post operative transsexuals are happy with their surgery, according to a recent report in the British Journal of Urology (BJU).The survey, which studied the experiences of 222 gender reassignment patients revealed that 88 per cent of them said that they were happy with the results at their first post-op appointments.The report surveyed 70 participants with an average age of 43, that had been gender reassignment patients at the hospital between 1994 and 2004.

  • 18th September 2007

    Gay blood donor activists arrested in Russia

    Gay men are still prevented from giving blood in the UK and in other parts of Europe, despite recent campaigns by students and young people.

    12:58 PM — Activists in Moscow have been arrested for protesting against Russia's ban on gay men donating blood.Seven of the ten protesters were detained by police last Friday following a reportedly peaceful protest outside the Russian Health Ministry.Although all donations are screened, Russian law prevents gay men from donating much needed blood as they are considered to be most at risk of sexually transmitted diseases, listing them alongside prostitutes and drug dealers.

  • 17th September 2007

    LGBT History Month’s reminder on teen suicide

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual  Trans History Month, held every February, is now in its fourth year.

    1:40 PM — The organisers of next year's LGBT History Month have written to local councils urging them to celebrate the festival.Co-chair Sue Sanders reminded local authorities that homophobic and transphobic bullying still leads to suicide.She also cited new research that shows the prejudices can be particularly rife in rural areas.Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trans History Month, held every February, is now in its fourth year.

  • 13th September 2007

    Surge in AIDS cases among gay New Yorkers

    New HIV diagnoses among gay men under 30 have increased by 33 percent.

    11:41 AM — New York City health officials have released a report saying HIV infection rates have risen substantially among young gay men over the last six years.According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene report, new HIV diagnoses among gay men under 30 have increased by 33 percent in that time, with the majority of new cases showing up in black and Latino gay men.Unfortunately, the report didn't offer any explanations for why rates of HIV infection have risen among gay youth.

  • 12th September 2007

    AIDS charity backs HIV home testing kits

    Terrence Higgins Trust has produced '25 Things' - 25 points which THT would like the Government to take action on.

    10:45 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust is urging the Government to change the law to let people buy and use home test kits for HIV.Changing the HIV Testing Kits and Services Regulations 1992 is one of '25 Things' that THT is asking the Government to do in its 25th anniversary year.Approximately a third of people with HIV in the UK are currently undiagnosed and some people fail to test for HIV because they don't want to go to a clinic, either because of stigma, long waiting times or restricted opening hours.

  • 7th September 2007

    Gay couples unhappy with Canadian census question 2

    Statistics Canada has said it will consult with LGBT groups before the next census in 2011 over the issue.

    11:45 AM — A row has broken out between Statistics Canada and gay activists over the wording of a question on the country's census.The results of the census, which was held in May 2006, will be released next Wednesday.For the first time the official count will measure the number of gay and lesbian married couples in the country. However, gay rights advocates are unhappy that same-sex married people had to register their status in the "other" box.

  • Gay athlete’s million dollar donation to gay centre 1

    His biography, The David Kopay Story, contains his reflections on being the first openly gay formerly professional American team athlete.

    10:54 AM — University of Washington alumnus David Kopay, widely regarded as the first American professional team athlete to come out of the closet, has pledged $1 million (£500,000) to the university's Q Centre, whose mission is to create an inclusive and celebratory environment for people of all sexual orientations."The greatest gift we can give one another is the vision and beauty of life," Kopay said in a statement."I continually hear from people all over the world that my act of coming out especially when I did in 1975 has empowered them."

  • 21st August 2007

    Unsafe sex now number one cause of HIV cases in China 57

    Of the 70,000 new HIV infections recorded in 2005, 49.8 percent were through sexual contact.

    12:40 PM — Unprotected sex has for the first time overtaken intravenous drug use as the main cause of new HIV infections in China, according to the latest report released by the Chinese Ministry of Health.The findings suggest the virus is spreading from high-risk groups to the general public.Of the 70,000 new HIV infections recorded in 2005, 49.8 percent were through sexual contact, according to the report which was released jointly by the MOH and the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Figures for 2006 are not available.

  • 16th August 2007

    Comment: My journey from scared teen to gay activist

    It was my goal to make sure that no one went through the isolation and harassment that I experienced.

    1:35 PM — The first time I came to the UK, I was amazed by its history, architecture and bustling cities.Now, over ten years later, I have come back to experience this amazing place once again.As a third year student from the University of California Santa Cruz, I am currently doing a full time internship with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month and Schools OUT.

  • 8th August 2007

    AIDS charity and magazine close 1

    UKC's magazine, Positive Nation, has ceased publication in May after 133 issues.

    6:15 PM — UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDS (UKC) has ceased operations.The charity was founded in 1993 as a national patient group charity run by and for people living with HIV.UKC's magazine, Positive Nation, has ceased publication in May after 133 issues.The coalition and the magazine were praised for the meaningful way in which they engaged with people with HIV.

  • More gay events banned in Singapore 3

    The third annual Singapore Pride festival began on August 1st and all the banned activities were to be part of a fortnight of events, including film screenings, forums and lectures.

    11:24 AM — While Pride celebrations are supported by government and police from Belfast to Vancouver, the LGBT community in the island nation of Singapore are having a more difficult time.Following the bans on a gay photo exhibition and a gay poetry reading during Pride celebrations, the National Parks Board has banned a picnic and fun run from the Singapore Botanic Gardens.Gay rights group People Like Us had planned a 5km fun-run and a picnic tomorrow in the Gardens, a popular attraction for tourists and residents alike.

  • 6th August 2007

    Activists try to stop Nigeria’s bid for Commonwealth glory

    The final decision on which city will host the 2014 Games will be taken in early November.

    12:35 PM — Gay activists in Nigeria have questioned whether that country should be allowed to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games because of its "systematic persecution of lesbian and gay Nigerians."A delegation led by Davis Mac-Iyalla, founder and leader of the gay Christian group, Changing Attitude Nigeria, met with the chief executive of the Games Federation (CGF) in London last week to put their case.They presented the CGF with an 11-page report setting out why it should reject the bid by the Nigerian city of Abuja.

  • 30th July 2007

    Lesbian and bisexual women share their NHS experiences

    Stonewall has heard several negative stories about lesbian women's experiences of the NHS.

    4:20 PM — Stonewall is asking lesbian and bisexual women to answer questions about their health and experiences of using health services in the largest survey of its kind.The gay equality organisation is concerned that very little is known about the health of lesbians and bisexual women, and that this may be affecting health care provision."The health sector doesn't always get it right, we know that," Ruth Hunt, head of Policy and Research at Stonewall, told PinkNews.co.uk

  • Rise in number of lesbians using artificial insemination 1

    If the trend continues, the majority of children born with the help of donor insemination will be to families with no male partner.

    2:24 PM — Lesbian families and single women could become the largest group using donor insemination at fertility clinics, according to new figures.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) figures reveal that the proportion of single women and women in same-sex relationships seeking artificial insemination went from 18% of the total in 1999 to 38% last year.The figure has risen from 28% to 38% in the past three years.

  • Focus on male-male sex in global AIDS fight 1

    According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, fewer than one in 20 MSM around the world has access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care.

    11:58 AM — amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, has announced the launch of a new global initiative to fight the spread of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the developing world.Stigma, discrimination, and lack of access to health services have sparked alarming epidemics that threaten to devastate MSM communities in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, mirroring the HIV pandemics that ravaged gay communities in North America and Western Europe in the 1980s.

  • 27th July 2007

    Happy Birthday to PinkNews.co.uk 2

    PinkNews.co.uk is two years old today. photo: kevin@flickr.com

    3:30 PM — Today is a day of anniversaries. PinkNews.co.uk is two years old. In that short time the site has had a major impact on the reporting of news about, and for, the gay community in the UK.We celebrate the fact that we were the first news outlet to get Prime Minister Gordon Brown to talk about gay issues.We got right to the heart of the debate about the future of Labour by interviewing all six candidates for Deputy Leader.

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