6th February 2008
HIV infections up 20% in Sweden 2
4:21 PM — 500 people were newly diagnosed as HIV positive in Sweden in 2007 according to data published by the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SMI).That number represents a rise of 20% on 2006.There has been a 70% rise in the number of people infected within Sweden, though the majority of new HIV patients still come into contact with the virus abroad.
Condoms still vital in fight against HIV says UNAIDS 3
2:23 PM — A report that asserts that HIV positive people undergoing effective anti-retroviral treatments carry "no relevant risk of transmission" has been greeted with caution by UNAIDS.Last week the Swiss Federal Commission for HIV/AIDS announced that "an HIV-infected person on anti-retroviral therapy with completely suppressed viremia ("effective ART") is not sexually infectious, i.e. cannot propagate HIV through sexual contact."The commission said: "residual risk can not be scientifically excluded, but is ... negligibly small."
4th February 2008
NHS surrogates may be used by gay couples
3:14 PM — A Primary Care Trust in England is considering an application for funds to pay for a surrogate mother to have a baby for an infertile couple.While it is illegal to pay both surrogate mothers and egg donors in Britain, North East Essex PCT is considering paying up to £15,000 in 'expenses' to carry a baby to full-term, which is allowed under the law.However, the option is at present only under consideration by one of the 152 PCTs in England.
Apology to gay community over MRSA story 1
12:10 PM — Over the last few weeks, the subject of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) has hit the media, making a big impact in the gay community.Several reputable news agencies including the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle published detailed studies about the spread of the disease between men who have homosexual relations.The 'superbug' does have a higher rate of infection among men who have sex with men.
31st January 2008
Scientists create sperm from female stem cells 4
10:26 AM — A research team at the University of Newcastle has created primitive sperm cells with female embryonic stem cells.The breakthrough could lead to same-sex couples producing children with both their genes.Karim Nayernia, Professor of Stem Cell Biology at Newcastle University, told New Scientist: "I think, in principle, it will be scientifically possible."
Footballers back cancer campaign aimed at young fans
8:40 AM — An England footballer is backing a new campaign about testicular cancer.Portsmouth and England goalkeeper David James is telling fans to 'catch it early' in a new tongue-in-cheek advert to raise awareness of the disease for the Keep Your Eye On The Ball campaign.The advert will be screened to millions of fans at football grounds around the UK throughout the campaign's Focus Fortnight.
28th January 2008
Brazil to distribute millions of condoms to prevent AIDS spread 1
6:05 PM — Brazilian health officials on Sunday began distributing millions of condoms to fight the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases during Brazil's five-day Carnival 2008.The government expects to hand out 19.5 million condoms by the end of the Carnival on February 6, state news service Agencia Brasil reported, under the program first launched several years ago.Church officials in Brazil, which is home to the world's largest Roman Catholic population, have opposed the condom programme.
New HIV drug becomes available for UK patients
12:40 PM — A new treatment for HIV positive people who have built up a resistance to other drugs has become available for use in the UK>Raltegravir is the first in a new class of HIV treatments called integrase inhibitors.It is available in tablet form and has been approved for use in combination with other antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV infection in adult patients whose current therapy is no longer controlling the virus.
Warnings over botox after 16 deaths
10:10 AM — If you are one of the millions of people who has used Botox to help eliminate signs of aging, new reports my cause you to raise an eyebrow.The US Consumer group Public Citizen is calling for harsher warnings to be added to labels after 16 deaths related to the spread of botulinum toxin have been reported.Botox, created by Allergan Inc, is a is a form of injected poison primarily used to smooth out wrinkles in the face and neck.
22nd January 2008
Same-sex couples as committed as straight ones
11:50 AM — Same-sex couples are just as committed in their romantic relationships as heterosexual couples, a new report has revealed.The finding disputes the stereotype that couples in same-sex relationships are not as committed as their heterosexual counterparts and therefore not as psychologically healthy.The study examined whether committed same-sex couples differed from engaged and married opposite-sex couples in how well they interacted and how satisfied they were with their partners.
21st January 2008
Gay nursing home opens in Germany 2
1:05 PM — Europe's first gay nursing home has opened in Berlin.Berlin's gay mayor Klaus Wowereit is publicly supporting the ground-breaking project, which culminates years of planning and fund-raising.The newly built, four-storey nursing facility in the Pankow district of the German capital can accommodate 28 patients in state-of-the-art rooms with private bathrooms and enough space for some of their own furnishings.
17th January 2008
21% not aware of HIV risk from unprotected sex 1
1:12 PM — New figures from the National AIDS Trust's Public Attitudes Towards HIV Survey released today show that the UK population is becoming more ignorant about HIV.6% of those surveyed were able to correctly identify all of the ways HIV is transmitted, without any false responses.21% did not identify unprotected sex between a man and a woman as a way of contracting HIV. In 2000 just 9% did not identify this route.
16th January 2008
Samaritans claim 80% have been bullied at work
2:55 PM — New research from emotional support charity Samaritans has revealed that one in four people it is a weekly or even daily stress caused by workplace bullying.More than 80% of workers have been bullied during their careers and a third of people are so stressed they have dreamed of quitting for a life abroad.Over half say their jobs are getting more stressful and that work is overtaking their home lives.
15th January 2008
US gay men hit by MRSA strain 3
12:05 PM — In the UK the superbug MRSA is associated with hospital infections, but doctors in America have discovered a super-resistant strain is plaguing gay men in San Francsico.Known as USA300, the strain is carried by one in every 588 people in the city's Castro district, thought to be the area with the highest proportion of gay men in the country.Dr Binh Diep, from San Francisco General Hospital Medical Centre is one of the authors of the report, which was published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
14th January 2008
Comment: Canada’s ban on gay organ donation 1
1:10 PM — As Prime Minister Gordon Brown announces plans to rapidly expand the organ donation scheme in the UK by effectively making everyone a donor unless they choose to opt out, Canadian health authorities are under fire for appearing to exclude sexually active gay men.Dr Gary A Levy, one of Canada's leading transplant experts speaks out against the policy which seeks to exclude donors on the grounds of their sexual orientation. As the Medical Director of Canada's largest multi-organ transplant programme, I see people when they are at their most vulnerable.
11th January 2008
Researchers pinpoint human proteins HIV needs to survive 2
4:55 PM — Researchers at Harvard Medical school have discovered 273 of the human proteins that the HIV virus preys on to damage the body.Experts have always known the virus depended on human proteins to attack the body, but only knew what 36 of these proteins were before last Thursday.The new research was published online by the journal Science. Scientists used a type of genetic screen to discover these new human proteins, which the virus needs to survive in human cells.
10th January 2008
Will the NHS cut HIV prevention funding or not? 15
6:26 PM — A 36% cut in the funding for HIV prevention for gay and bisexual men is to go ahead, claims human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.Last month charity Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA) announced the NHS cuts had been averted.A reduction of £650,000 spending on the London Gay Men's HIV Prevention Programme was proposed by London's Primary Care Trusts.
9th January 2008
Canada bans organ donation from gay men 1
12:50 PM — Men who have sex with men in the last five years of their life will no longer be accepted as organ donors under new rules from Health Canada.Families will also be interviewed about potential donors' exposure in increased risk, such as travel or time spent in jail, under new rules that came into force in December.Gary Levy, head of Toronto University's transplant programme, told CBC News that he had not been informed about the new rules.
8th January 2008
Students protest against gay blood donor ban 18
11:40 AM — Student activists are putting pressure on the Canadian Blood Services to put a stop to its blood donor ban on sexually active gay men, despite the company having recently said it would not lift the ban.On their donation form, the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) bar any man who has had sex with another man since 1977, even if only once.The Canadian Federation of Students began to put pressure on CBS last year and the cause has been taken up by many universities across the country.
3rd January 2008
New York HIV infections up 32% among young gay men
10:02 AM — It has been over two decades since the HIV/AIDS epidemic became a national concern, and although in most communities the annual infection rate has been falling, New York City's young gay population doesn't seem to be part of the trend.The NY State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released new statistics about HIV/AIDS demographics, and the news is alarming for the gay population.The New York Times reports rates of new infection of HIV rose 32 percent in the five-year period from 2001-2006 among young gay men.