24th December 2012
Scotland: LGBT counselling service to shut on New Years Day 5
4:46 PM — Scotland’s only dedicated LGBT telephone counselling service is to close after 35 years as a result of funding cuts.
21st December 2012
Anti-gay ex-UKIP abortion row candidate defeated in By-election 20
5:53 PM — A prospective UKIP candidate, who described same-sex marriage as an “abhorrence”, and was then suspended by the party for his outspoken views on abortion, has been defeated in a Kent council By-election.
26th November 2012
London: Free home HIV testing launched for gay and bisexual men 27
4:20 PM — GMFA and the NHS have launched a trial lasting until March 2013 that will allow gay and bisexual men in London to have an HIV test without leaving the home.
22nd November 2012
Video: David Cameron releases World AIDS Day message 3
12:27 PM — David Cameron says more needs to be done to increase HIV testing and has paid tribute to HIV/AIDS care and prevention workers in his annual World AIDS Day message.
13th November 2012
Gay ‘cure’ therapy is harmful says UK government 29
1:13 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has responded to a parliamentary question on gay conversion therapy by instructing Health Minister Norman Lamb to outline the government’s official position.
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.
6th September 2012
US medical body changes advice on circumcision 146
10:50 AM — The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) has changed its policy on the procedure and is no longer opposed to the routine circumcision of male new born babies.
10th June 2012
Medical body calls on NHS to extend HPV vaccination to gay men 8
1:10 PM — A group of health professionals, men's health charities, and senior politicians are set to call on the NHS to extend vaccination against carcinogenic Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to gay men, the Guardian reports.
22nd May 2012
Gay couples and women over 40 to receive fertility treatment through NHS 11
10:40 AM — Same-sex couples and women over 40 will be entitled to free in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment through the National Health Service (NHS), for the first time according to guidelines to be published today.
24th April 2012
Stonewall survey: NHS ‘failing gay and bisexual men’ 29
10:33 PM — A large-scale health study in the UK has found that gay and bisexual men are neglected and discriminated against by the NHS, which, rather than focusing on their propensity for self-harm, suicide and severe depression, concentrates solely on their sexual health.
14th March 2012
Gays urged to ditch the cigarettes on No Smoking Day 18
11:57 AM — Gay smokers have been urged to give up on the British Heart Foundation's 29th annual No Smoking Day. Over a third of gay men in the UK smoke, compared with the national average of 21 per cent.
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 September 2011
Transgender woman says she has been left ‘half man’ by NHS surgery refusal 81
3:39 PM — A transgender woman from Burnley has accused the NHS of leaving her "half man, half woman" by refusing to pay for her breast surgery. Cathy Ann Daniels, 57, was born physically male and has had some surgery.
8th June 2011
London hospitals to offer routine HIV tests to A&E patients 40
1:06 PM — Two hospitals in London are to offer routine HIV tests to Accident and Emergency (A&E) patients, making them the first in the UK to do so and aiming to save lives by reducing the number of cases of undiagnosed HIV.
5th January 2011
Trans woman performs DIY castration 22
2:56 PM — A transgender woman in North Derbyshire was treated in hospital after a DIY castration. The patient, 22, is said to have been determined to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
1st December 2010
Exclusive: NHS trust stops referrals for transgender treatment 104
8:14 PM — An NHS trust has been criticised for temporarily stopping treatment referrals for transgender people. NHS West Kent is also ceasing referrals for gastric band surgery and couples seeking IVF but trans campaigners say people with these conditions do not have a high suicide rate, unlike trans people waiting for treatment.
25th May 2010
Trans woman refused NHS breast operation 81
11:00 AM — A trans woman from Reading has lost her High Court battle to have an NHS-funded operation to augment her bust, which failed to develop properly following hormone treatment.
21st January 2010
NHS review calls for clearer cervical cancer guidance for lesbians 2
3:36 PM — An NHS review on cervical cancer has said that more should be done to raise awareness of cervical cancer in lesbians. Historically, it was believed that the HPV virus, one of the causes of cervical cancer, could only be transmitted through sexual contact with men.