22nd December 2011
Nigerian health minister says bisexuals “pose a challenge” to HIV efforts 15
12:14 PM — Nigeria's health minister has warned that bisexual men pose a "challenge" to efforts to tackle the spread of HIV in the country, as the prevalence of HIV among gay and bisexual men in the country was found to have risen. Onyebuchi Chukwu, launching the 2010 Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance in Abuja, said that HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men has risen to 17.2%, up from 13.5% in 2007.
16th December 2011
US study: Equal marriage rights improve health of single gay men 13
10:30 AM — A US study of the effect of equal marriage rights claims gay and bisexual men lead healthier lives when those rights are introduced, regardless of whether they have a partner.
15th December 2011
Amber Heard: Staying in the closet in Hollywood is a “horribly detrimental lie” 5
9:05 AM — Lesbian actress Amber Heard has said people in her profession are dissuaded from coming out in Hollywood and end up becoming part of a "detrimental lie".
13th December 2011
100 take part in first gay pride march in Pune, India 6
12:21 PM — Around 100 people participated in the first gay pride march to be held in Pune, India's eighth largest city. The rally was organised by Samapathik, a local men's sexual health organisation.
8th December 2011
Theatre company appeals for trans scriptwriters 4
12:36 PM — A UK theatre company is seeking submissions of short plays about transgender issues to be performed in Manchester next year, and says no previous script-writing experience is necessary.
5th December 2011
Philippines health official criticised for suggesting “homosexual children” be “reined in” 5
11:13 AM — The Philippines Health Secretary has been criticised after saying at an AIDS conference that parents of gay children should be surveyed and warned about their children's behaviour. Enrique Ona said parents "should rein in their homosexual children and get them tested".
25th November 2011
George Michael “slowly improving” from pneumonia 86
3:17 PM — Claims the star was also suffering heart problems by the Vienna Times have been dismissed by Michael’s team.
“6 deaths” linked to UK churches HIV advice 106
2:12 PM — A Sky News investigation shows several evangelical churches across the UK are giving out dangerously false advice about HIV/AIDS. The National AIDS Trust say it's "worrying" and "tragic".
9th November 2011
Bisexual women “more like likely to suffer depression than men” 23
4:23 PM — George Mason University found statistical evidence to suggest bisexual women were more at risk than straight women, gay women and men.
27th October 2011
Government says it must do more to tackle HIV 128
3:35 PM — Health secretary Andrew Lansley has admitted that the government can and should do more to tackle HIV rates. In a response to a recent House of Lords report on HIV and AIDS, he agreed that investment in HIV prevention would offer "significant savings" in the short and long term.
26th October 2011
Gay men warned about ‘meaner’ strains of gonorrhoea 16
1:59 PM — Gay men are being encouraged to test regularly for sexually-transmitted disease gonorrhoea. Recently, health experts warned that some strains of the disease are becoming immune to treatments.
21st October 2011
Interview: Steven Russell on infamy, escaping prison and Phillip Morris 27
4:58 PM — Steven Russell was originally imprisoned for fraud. Four successful, non-violent, love-fuelled prison-escapes later and he has achieved infamy. His life is immortalised in the film 'I Love You Phillip Morris', in which he is portrayed by Jim Carrey. He is currently serving a 144-year sentence in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility. Laurence Watts interviewed him by exchange of letters.
18th October 2011
‘Three deaths’ after London church advice to stop taking HIV medicine 114
1:29 PM — At least three deaths have been reported in London as a result of churches which claim to "heal" HIV and AIDS patients. According to BBC London, some evangelical Christian churches are encouraging patients to stop taking anti-retroviral drugs because God can heal them.
15th April 2011
London gay men warned about ‘aggressive’ new chlamydia strain 49
3:30 PM — Gay and bisexual men in London are being warned about growing rates of an "aggressive" strain of chlamydia. LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum) arrived in the UK in 2004, health experts say.
31st March 2011
US report calls for study of LGBT health issues 4
5:40 PM — A major US report says that the unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people should be identified. The Institute of Medicine report says that government-funded health studies should routinely ask people their sexual orientation and gender identity, just as they already ask about race and ethnicity.
17th March 2011
Stonewall to launch ‘biggest ever gay men’s health survey’ 4
3:56 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has launched a survey into gay and bisexual men's health. The organisation says the study will be the largest of its kind in Britain and will cover mental health, diet, fitness, long-term health conditions and illnesses like heart disease and cancer.
24th January 2011
New government drug advisor linked ‘destructive gay lifestyle’ to paedophilia 104
11:01 AM — A Christian doctor appointed to advise the government on illegal drug use has strong views against homosexuality, it has been revealed.
21st January 2011
Man jailed for raping lesbian at wedding reception 26
1:14 PM — A man was jailed for six years after he was found guilty of raping a lesbian at a wedding reception. Michael Hughes, 23, invited the victim to see how luxurious his hotel room was but attacked her, the Gloucestershire Echo reports.
8th December 2010
Brighton MPs promise to halve undiagnosed HIV by 2015 4
5:29 PM — Brighton MPs Simon Kirby and Caroline Lucas have welcomed the Department of Health's decision to support a cross-party policy document on HIV prevention. The Halve It campaign aims to cut estimated undiagnosed HIV infections in half by 2015.
3rd December 2010
Gay military ban ‘helps spread diseases’ 14
5:43 PM — The ban on out gay soldiers in the US military may contribute to the spread of sexually-transmitted disease, a doctor has claimed. Dr Kenneth Katz, an STD specialist in San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency, said that soldiers could not be honest with medical staff about their sexual histories.