26th August 2013
Ireland: Non-sexually active gay man told he cannot donate blood 13
6:04 PM — A young gay man in Ireland claims he has been discriminated against from giving blood, despite never being sexually active.
Russia may reintroduce gay blood ban and provide voluntary gay conversion therapy 30
1:42 PM — Russia may resurrect its ban preventing gay men from donating blood and also introduce measures for voluntary gay-to-straight conversion therapy, a senior Russian MP has said.
15th August 2013
Ban on HIV positive health care staff to be lifted 9
10:47 AM — The ban preventing HIV positive surgeons, dentists and other health care staff from performing certain medical procedures is to be scrapped.
14th August 2013
South London: Gay men to be offered free HIV home sampling kits when returning home from clubs 41
11:39 AM — Gay and bisexual men heading home from a night out in south London are for the first time to be offered free home sampling kits to find out their HIV status.
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.
5th August 2013
US Senator Elizabeth Warren: I learnt about the gay blood ban through the Boston bombing 4
3:03 PM — US Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has urged for America to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood and says she only learnt of the ban in the aftermath of this year's Boston bombing.
25th July 2013
Terrence Higgins Trust: HIV prevention work in London needs to focus more on the link between drugs and sex 27
1:22 PM — Commenting on today's HIV research in The Lancet, Terrence Higgins Trust has urged "for a greater focus" in London on helping gay men who are encountering difficulties with drugs and safer sex.
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.
22nd July 2013
Study: HPV virus linked to third of throat cancer cases 16
11:03 AM — With the government being urged to extend the HPV vaccination programme to young gay men, a new study shows one third of people diagnosed with throat cancer are infected with a form of the HPV virus.
19th July 2013
French Government study recommends lifting of blanket gay blood ban 8
12:10 PM — The ban on the donation of blood by men who have sex with men in France should be lifted, according to a new government study.
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.
12th July 2013
Protest against gay blood ban takes places across the US
5:30 PM — Gay men across the US are taking a stand against a federal law preventing them from donating blood.
11th July 2013
Former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith to challenge Singapore over its anti-gay laws 6
3:15 PM — Tony Blair’s former attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, is to challenge the government of Singapore over its laws banning sex between men.
8th July 2013
National AIDS Trust: New HIV risks for gay men who inject steroids and tanning agents 20
5:53 PM — A significant increase in the number of gay men injecting substances and people injecting image and performance-enhancing drugs could lead to increasing levels of HIV, the National AIDS Trust has warned in a new report.
3rd July 2013
UK: Health minister to pursue ‘as a matter of urgency’ extending HPV vaccine for boys and gay men 8
1:14 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has secured a concession from the Public Health Minister Anna Soubry that it is unfair that the vaccination programme against the Human Papillomavirus is not currently available for teenage boys.
21st June 2013
American Medical Association opposes lifetime ban on gay men donating blood 10
1:52 PM — The ban preventing gay men from donating blood in the US should be lifted – according to the American Medical Association.
20th June 2013
Tanzania: Police accused by Human Rights Watch of sexually assaulting LGBT citizens 4
11:33 AM — Human Rights Watch say efforts to reduce HIV infection rates in Tanzania are being undermined by widespread state abuse of sexual minorities.
10th June 2013
Ireland: Record levels of new HIV cases for gay and bisexual men 4
12:55 PM — Figures released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show there were 166 newly diagnosed cases of HIV among gay and bisexual men last year in Ireland – the highest diagnosis rate recorded to date.
5th June 2013
Terrence Higgins Trust says high gonorrhoea rates among gay men are a ‘wakeup call’ 20
11:18 AM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has described latest figures showing rates of gonorrhoea among gay men up by a third as a “wakeup call”.
31st May 2013
Brighton: Gay businesses take part in HIV mouth swab project 1
5:42 PM — Mouth swabs are being taken from volunteers at gay venues in Brighton and Hove in order to gather new data about the way HIV is transmitted in the city.