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  • 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reeling from the recent announcement that a cold germ might be to blame for the once promising AIDS vaccine that was withdrawn from trial last month after research showed it may well increase risk of infection.The vaccine, being tested across North America, South Africa and in several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.

  • EU governments urged to remove tax on condoms

    The 27 EU member states are free to fix their own VAT rates on condoms.

    12:50 PM — An online petition launched today urges EU governments to cut VAT on condoms to tackle the growth of AIDS in Europe.The European Parliament Socialist Group will present the petition to government ministers ahead of World AIDS Day on 1st December.Hundreds of Facebook users have already joined a group on the social networking site to support the campaign under the slogan "Cut AIDS, Cut VAT on Condoms."

  • China urged to fight HIV not positive people

    Human Rights Watch called on the Chinese government to take immediate concrete steps toward overturning the ban.

    10:34 AM — China should focus its efforts on stopping HIV transmission, not on limiting the freedom of movement, expression and speech of people living with HIV, leaders from New York City-based Human Rights Watch said Friday at a global meeting of AIDS activists in Abuja, Nigeria.Human Rights Watch was commenting in advance of the November 11th to 13th board meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Kuming, China.

  • 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.

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