UK Government rules out banning therapists from providing gay ‘cures’ on cost grounds 8
6:28 PM — Health Minister Norman Lamb has told MPs that gay-to-straight conversion therapy is “utterly abhorrent” but that the government remains opposed to the statutory regulation of psychotherapists on the grounds of cost.
15th October 2013
Northern Ireland First Minister suggests fight to keep gay blood ban not over 3
4:09 PM — Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson has said last week’s decision to rule against the province’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men could be appealed.
14th October 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister concedes gay blood ban ‘matter for Jeremy Hunt’ 4
4:55 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has signalled that his crusade to maintain the province’s lifetime ban on gay men giving blood is at an end.
10th October 2013
Cornwall: Doctor took his own life after learning he was HIV positive 20
2:53 PM — An inquest has heard that an “exceptional” hospital doctor took his own life after learning that he was HIV positive.
19th September 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer: Hopefully the JCVI will recommend extending the HPV vaccine to gay men 6
7:32 PM — The decision of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to collate evidence on the merits of extending the HPV vaccine to young gay men has been welcomed by Conservative MP Mike Freer.
UK Government: No plans to extend the HPV vaccine to gay men 15
11:37 AM — The Department of Health says it has no plans to extend the HPV vaccine to young gay men - HPV can cause cervical, penile, anal and throat cancers.
30th August 2013
Comment: I had unprotected sex and went for PEP, but am shocked by the lack of awareness of it 37
5:32 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk Daniel Carter, reflects on being part-way into a month long course of PEP - Post-Exposure Prophylaxis - and expresses concern at the lack of awareness, particularly within the gay community, of PEP as an option for those possibly exposed to HIV.
19th August 2013
Mirror columnist Carole Malone criticised for her ‘ignorant’ views on HIV positive NHS staff 16
2:09 PM — Medical experts including Doctor Christian Jessen have criticised journalist and broadcaster Carole Malone for suggesting the public have a right to know the HIV status of a doctor.
Mirror columnist Carole Malone: ‘Patients should know if their doctor is HIV positive’ 88
10:44 AM — Sunday Mirror columnist Carole Malone has criticised a decision to lift the ban preventing HIV health care staff from performing certain medical procedures.
12th August 2013
UK: Sexual health charities welcome legalisation of HIV self-testing kits 9
3:24 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust and the National AIDS Trust have both welcomed the Department of Health’s announcement that the sale of HIV self-testing kits is to be made legal.
25th July 2013
Department of Health ‘concerned’ by rising HIV stats for gay and bisexual men in London 56
11:04 AM — The Department of Health says there is "anecdotal evidence from drug and alcohol clinics in London that recreational or club drug use amongst gay men" could be linked to rising HIV infection rates.
16th July 2013
Study: Young gay men need HPV vaccine as they are 15 times more likely to develop genital cancer 14
12:53 PM — There’s growing calls for the HPV vaccine to be extended to young gay men, because they have an increased risk of developing cancer, new research has shown.
10th July 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister spends £40,000 of public money appealing against pro-gay adoption ruling 18
11:39 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has used £40,000 of public money in a legal campaign to prevent same-sex couples from being allowed to adopt children.
24th April 2013
Department of Health launches new HIV prevention campaign for gay and bisexual men in England 42
10:36 AM — Gay and bisexual men in England have the power to halt the spread of HIV in their community within a generation, according to a major new campaign launched today by the Department of Health.
15th March 2013
Labour MP Diane Abbott: ‘The government has run out of ideas on sexual health’ 9
3:46 PM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott has dismissed the government’s new sexual health framework which is designed to lower rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
Terrence Higgins Trust: Half of HIV prevention funding cut in London 91
1:41 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has described the Department of Health’s new sexual health framework as a “starting point” – but warns it comes against a cut of around £1.2 million to the Pan-London HIV Prevention Programme.
11th March 2013
Comment: HIV policy has collapsed and gay men will not escape the legacy 83
10:42 AM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Stuart Home says those in charge of setting and delivering HIV policy are now in danger of presiding over managed decline.
28th November 2012
US: Washington marriage certificates to reflect legalisation of same-sex marriage 7
11:00 PM — Washington State's Department of Health is currently reviewing the text displayed on marriage certificates, with a view to bring it in line with recently introduced equal marriage law.
17th October 2012
UK: National AIDS Trust criticises government over HIV strategy 57
12:40 PM — The National AIDS Trust (NAT) has accused the Department of Health of failing to renew its sexual health and HIV strategy for England, two years after it came to an end.
23rd June 2010
Biggest European online sex survey for gay and bisexual men is launched 3
6:41 PM — The European Gay and Bisexual Men’s Internet Sex Survey (EMIS) which is available in 25 languages and 31 countries, has been launched online and is available to complete until Tuesday 31 August.