29th November 2011
New once-a-day HIV drug launched ahead of World AIDS Day 24
2:18 PM — The European Commission has given marketing authorisation to a new once-daily tablet for the treatment of HIV. Gilead Sciences new drug Eviplera will be used commercially in 27 countries of the European Union.
One in 20 gay men living with HIV as infection rate hits record high 230
9:09 AM — The number of people living with HIV in the UK reached an estimated 91,500 in 2010, with a quarter of those unaware of their infection, according to Health Protection Agency figures published today.
25th November 2011
New HIV prevention campaign asks businesses to help promote condom use 18
9:42 AM — 'Clever Dick / Smart Arse' will see 100,000 condoms distributed around the country and aims to promote the awareness of the role they play in reducing risk during sex.
24th November 2011
20th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death 12
11:54 AM — The singer passed away at his London home on 24 November 1991. He had been diagnosed HIV positive several years earlier and died of bronchial pneumonia, brought on by AIDS.
22nd November 2011
Aids-related deaths at their lowest level since 2005 peak 72
11:24 AM — UNAids estimates 700,000 deaths were averted last year because of better access to treatment. However, the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, warns of the need to protect global HIV/AIDS funding.
21st November 2011
GMFA says gay men need to start “power talking” 29
12:16 PM — The sexual health courses are taking place throughout February 2012 in London, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Exeter, Leicester Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton.
14th November 2011
New AIDS film records “dedication of those who fought epidemic” 38
4:12 PM — American documentary follows story of 1980s San Franciscans described by critic as the "equivalent of World War II resistance fighters".
3rd November 2011
Star-studded dinner parties raise funds for HIV supper club 1
10:56 AM — Guests including Cilla Black, Russell Tovey and Dan Gillespie Sells turned out for Terence Higgins Trust's eleventh annual fundraiser.
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.
John Amaechi: ‘Homophobia remains a massive problem in sport’ 9
1:00 PM — Former basketball star John Amaechi says homophobia remains a "massive problem" in sport, especially football. Amaechi, who was the first openly gay NBA player, spoke out after receiving the Order of the British Empire for services to sport and the voluntary sector from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
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.
18th October 2011
HIV charities rubbish fish foot spa fears 11
2:42 PM — HIV charities say there is no evidence 'fish pedicure' spas can transmit the virus. The Health Protection Agency said today that there is a risk of catching infections like HIV and hepatitis from the beauty craze, which involves placing the feet in a basin while Garra Rufa fish nibble at dead skin.
‘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.
12th October 2011
HIV life expectancy rises by 15 years 153
2:45 PM — Life expectancy for people living with HIV has risen by 15 years in the last decade. Research by the University of Bristol’s School of Social and Community Medicine found that earlier treatment and modern medicine has contributed to the increase.
11th October 2011
Home HIV tests ‘should be legalised’ 48
1:29 PM — Almost two-thirds of people would consider using HIV home testing kits if they were legally available and regulated in the UK, a survey has found.
29th September 2011
Gay former basketball sttar John Amaechi launches HIV support for UK Africans 14
4:41 PM — John Amaechi, the openly gay former basketball player, is supporting a new HIV programme aimed at African communities in the UK. The 40-year-old, who has Nigerian heritage, will launch the three-year Terrence Higgins Trust programme tomorrow (Friday).
Small study suggests HIV ‘could be reduced to a minor infection’ 24
11:40 AM — A small-scale HIV study suggests that the virus could be reduced to a "minor chronic infection" by using a vaccine. Spanish researchers found that 22 of 24 people developed an immune response to HIV after being given a vaccine known as MVA-B.
8th September 2011
One-year blood donation deferral for UK gay men 64
11:33 AM — The Department of Health has announced it will remove the lifetime blood donation ban on any man who has ever had gay sex. Instead, there will be a one-year deferral period, meaning that men who have not had gay sex in the last 12 months may donate blood.
26th July 2011
Alexander McQueen left £100,000 to THT and £50,000 to his dogs in will 11
7:31 PM — Fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who took his own life last year, has left £100,000 to HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust and £50,000 to his pet dogs.
15th June 2011
STIs in gay men continue to rise 186
3:36 PM — Sexually-transmitted infections in gay and bisexual men remain at a high level, the UK Health Protection Agency says. New figures from the body show that men who have sex with men and young adults are the most at-risk groups for infections.