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  • 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.

  • 13th March 2008

    Charity calls for HPV vaccines for boys

    Mouth cancer kills one person every five hours in the UK and affecting more men than women.

    1:10 PM — The UK's leading dental charity is appealing to the government to include males in a planned vaccination programme to guard against the sexually transmitted HPV virus.The British Dental Health Foundation's appeal was in response to a new large scale US study of 46,000 mouth cancer cases.It found that the number of deaths caused by the sexually transmitted HPV virus has increased by a third over the last 30 years and is now the highest it has ever been.

  • 10th March 2008

    Hidden lives: self-harm and the LGBT community 16

    People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) seem to be far more likely to self-harm.  photo: MimiLimi@flickr.com

    2:03 PM — It is interesting what sort of psychological problems our society chooses to accept as tangible and important.Our "Prozac Nation" understands and sympathises with depression in its various forms. We understand stress and anxiety, and few weeks pass without the mention of eating disorders.Even suicide is discussed intelligently and empathetically and recognised as something that desperately needs to be dealt with. However, if you mention 'self-harm', many people will shake their heads or shrug it off.

  • 7th March 2008

    GMFA lose contract for HIV prevention ads 3

    GMFA did win the contract to produce small media resources, such as postcards and booklets.

    6:30 PM — A radical overhaul of National Health Service-funded HIV prevention services for gay men in London has seen a number of programmes shift from GMFA to Terrence Higgins Trust.GMFA, a gay health charity founded in 1992, has lost the contract for London advertising campaigns, which will now be delivered by THT, who also hold the contract for providing advertising campaigns on a national basis.THT also gained a part of the group work contract.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Blood service defends gay discrimination 18

    The twelve-month wait is not an option for gay or bisexual men, even one who has been celibate for most of their life.

    5:55 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has challenged the National Blood Service to explain why it continues to discriminate against any man who has ever had sex with another man.Currently, a man who has ever had oral or anal sex with another man, even with a condom, is barred from donating blood for life because they are deemed to be more at risk of passing on sexually transmitted diseases.A National Blood Service spokesperson said the ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood is "justified."

  • 6th March 2008

    Call for action against bogus AIDS cures

    In Gambia in February 2007 President Yahya Jammeh claimed to have developed a herbal cure for AIDS.

    11:05 AM — A leading human rights group has called on the United Nations to act against the proliferation of unproven treatments for AIDS.An article published in the peer-reviewed journal Globalisation and Health, Human Rights Watch cited examples of the promotion of these remedies in countries as diverse as Zambia,Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, India, and Zimbabwe.Human Rights Watch says the UN and its member states are failing to address serious threats to life and health.

  • 5th March 2008

    Porn company abandons bareback after BBC investigation 16

    Icreme claimed that all their porn performers would use condoms from now on.

    11:40 PM — British porn producer Icreme has agreed to stop filming bareback scenes.The company claims to produce more adult material than any other in the UK.Icreme told the BBC that all their porn performers would use condoms from now on.

  • EXCLUSIVE: HIV+ bareback porn performer speaks out 9

    Clyde has been in two or three bareback DVDs and more scenes that went online.

    8:50 PM — Clyde is like many 20 year old gay boys: chatty, outgoing, sweet natured, and already learning the harsh realities of life on the scene.A former porn performer, he found out he is HIV+ last year.BBC news programme Newsnight has been investigating the booming industry in cheaply made gay porn and the seemingly insatiable appetite for films featuring sex without condoms, known as 'bareback.'

  • Bi and lesbian women’s net communities studied

    Researchers at London Metropolitan University are asking for women to take part in an online survey

    6:15 PM — A London university is looking at the role that internet communities have in the lives of lesbian and bisexual women and how this may relate to health and well being.Researchers at London Metropolitan University are asking for women to take part in an online survey as part of the study, which will also consider if message boards function as a sense of community or social support.In the next phase of the study the research team will be conducting a series of interviews and are keen for bi and lesbian women to take part.

  • American porn performers concerned about STDs

    The study comes on the heels of legendary adult film director Chi Chi Larue's new “safe sex is hot sex“ campaign.

    5:15 PM — In an anonymous survey conducted by TheSword.com last week, almost 30% of gay adult performers revealed that they were either HIV positive or were unaware of their HIV status.While many performers believed that condom-only studios were providing safety for industry workers in the area of HIV prevention, only half believed that they were receiving adequate prevention from other STDs like syphilis, HPV and chlamydia.The study comes on the heels of legendary adult film director Chi Chi Larue's new "safe sex is hot sex" campaign.

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